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Sunday, May 17, 2015

I'm right, again

A little over ten years ago, my MSN homepage would trot out a headline every few weeks that said, "[Top/X-In-Command/Key] Al-Qaeda Leader Killed." Now that the Dar-Al-Islam is the latest hobgoblin, the US government and its obliging press corps are trotting out the same old narrative:


When this flashed up on the TV screen over the weekend, I told the people I was with that it didn't matter; there would be another raid, another "key" leader killed by our hugely expensive military. Until CNN's cameramen are on the ground with friendlies reporting on the rollback of ISIS forces into the Iraqi desert, this does not matter. And sure enough:
The Iraqi city of Ramadi has fallen to Islamic State (IS) after government forces abandoned their positions, officials say.

The police and military made a chaotic retreat after days of intense fighting...*

A statement purportedly from IS said its fighters had "purged the entire city". It said IS had taken the 8th Brigade army base, along with tanks and missile launchers left behind by troops.(BBC News).
Also, key leader not so key: "Doubt cast over seniority of Isis leader killed by US special forces in Syria raid." [Also, idiots, it's "ISIS" or "Dar Al Islam" or "DAISH" as the Middle Easterners colloquially call it, not the ancient Egyptian deity.]

* - The cops ain't coming, folks.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

ISIS is a CIA/Mossad fabrication. Middle East boogeyman part deux.

Alexandros HoMegas said...

During the Iraq War there was monthly news about "top Al-Qaeda leader" who was killed.