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ISIS probably got fresh loads of money, ordnance & intelligence from USA and its other allies.
They already have but not under the banner of ISIS.
The US is pushing ISIS out of Iraq and back into Syria. It's the latest gambit in pursuit of the original goal of Syrian regime change. But it's plan C or D -- Gotta do something, ... right? -- and "gotta do something" doesn't stand a chance of accomplishing anything substantial. It will likely make things a bit more difficult for Russia and Syria, but in the end it will probably backfire.
My guess is that ISIS will adjust in some way. Perhaps they will make the Iraqis pay dearly for Mosul as they pull back, then wait yet again for the US to back away from Iraq, and then re-invade the Sunni area of Iraq were they have Sunni support, and humiliate the Iraqi army... again.
The Pentagon failed its "mission" to build an Iraqi (Shiite) army. Failed utterly. They failed because they were indifferent as well as incompetent, for Sunni/Shia sectarian/tribal reasons, and because of corrupt Shia governance -- and will fail utterly... again, once the US pulls back... again. And the US ***WILL*** pull back.
The wild card now is Trump. Say what you will, he has already demonstrated that he has incredible energy and is a man of action. (Smart action or stupid action -- you and history will be the judge.) -- but action. He clearly wants to terminate the serial failure of neocon policy in the Mideast, so he will do things differently. But precisely what? Can we imagine that he can succeed where all the foreign policy "experts" have failed so catastrophically? Most people, including all those "experts" would likely say no. But all those "experts" also scoffed that he had no chance of winning the presidency. So who is now willing to be so very sure again, only to turn out to be so very wrong yet again?
One thing is certain: he won. he's the President, and he's hell on wheels.
Now we wait and see.
" He clearly wants to terminate the serial failure of neocon policy in the Mideast, so he will do things differently."
Yeah, sure he will! He's already started by sending Syrian rebels armoured vehicles. That's different from Obama's support of ammunition and shoulder arms.
Yes, I know that you clowns are going to have to be dragged kicking and screaming away from Trump's side.
luv from Canada.
They're Kurds; you're clueless; and blocked.
This shows graphically what was suspected some time ago. The ISIS jihadis are being allowed to leave Mosul unmolested to go to Syria.
Saddam Hussein army personnel are successful on their operations.Thats what happens when you invade Iraq and you are not having any plan what to do Iraqi army at the time . Stupidity of Chaney / Bush and others.Now we have Trump. .This is terrible joke with deadly punch line.