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23 October 2014

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Sean Paul Kelley

I was wondering when this was going to affect Sanliurfa. I have spent a fair portion of my life in that region between Urfa and Diyarbakir. Tough to realize that the area's going to the dogs.

Aka

dear sir,
"Get some useful weapons" and may be some thermobaric devices like the M202 FLASH or the Russian RPO-A Shmel. Heard those are very effective in urban warfare to clear buildings and vehicles like Toyotas that ISIS uses.

And may be US should train the Kurds on making claymore mines. Then they will be able to make mines according to their need. Having seen its "results", it is very effective against vehicles and foot columns and is relatively easy to use.

turcopolier

Aka

We have everything they need, mountains of materiel. pl

SteveG

If past is prologue might these weapons
eventually fall into IS possession as it
appears the Turks are doing nothing to
help any of the Kurdish groups.

Kunuri

Very interesting, may I ask you in what capacity?
And, when have you been to the region last, I personally have never been there, but in the last 10 years the area has changed a lot, both in content and context.

Kunuri

I think the para drop was a publicity stunt.

This whole thing is a farce, between the US, TR Sultanate, the KRG, various Arab extras, the MSM, the Syria, USSR and Iranians. A note of irony alert for USSR...

All above mentioned actors are trying to seem to be doing something while trying all others to do the actual dirty work with minimal cost to themselves. Sounds like an underfunded B movie production to me, farcical.

different clue

Steve G,

The Kurds would fight with these weapons, not put them down and run away.

Kunuri

Aka, any mention of to train, when things are so serious, sounds to me like let's establish a commission and look into it when it comes to political matters. Its a way of putting things off on the face of cluelessness, while keeping appearances of doing something. IS is a manace, and it would not go away without actually fighting it, and getting someone else to do the actual fighting will not work. I root for PYG, those sturdy mountain Apaches, if they win, they deserve to dictate the terms of their victory. All else is CYA and ideological grandstanding. Its not going to accomplish anything. Just put yourself in the shoes of a Kobani ethnic Kurdish resident, sans nationality, as artificial it will be.

turcopolier

SteveG

Nothing we would drop to the Kurds would greatly enhance IS capability but it would be a great help to the Kurds. pl

SteveG

different clue

In this case I meant
the possibility of their
positions being overrun.

mike

Kunuri -

seems to me you are right that the paradrop was a PR stunt. But IMHO the stunt was aimed at Erdogan and his party faithful to needle them a little bit about not allowing arms to the YPG in Kobane. That paradrop - plus Tuesdays State Department briefing where spokesman Marie said PYD was not a terrorist organiization - plus not-so-secret back channel talks between Washington and the PYD gave Turkey the message and shortly after that they are now allowing Peshmerga into Kobane.

SteveG

Col.

Would the Turks consider this
a threat? Do we have an
"Understanding " with them on
this and other issues?

turcopolier

SteveG and mike

I don't buy any of that. IMO the Turks want to screw these Kurds and the Obamites can't take the lefty pressure that results from leaving them to be butchered by IS if the town falls. Also IMO the drop was not a PR stunt. It was merely inept as is so much of what Obama's "team" tries to do. You fellows are chasing conspiracy fantasies. Think Occam's Razor. pl

dilbert dogbert

Is this the key hill? http://news.yahoo.com/video/air-strike-targets-militants-hill-193744679.html Some guy with black pajamas seen running for his life.

turcopolier

DD

That's the hill. They will learn to surround themselves with PWs in bare places like that. pl

dilbert dogbert

Wonder why they are digging big holes for the IS. Wouldn't air bursts work better on exposed ground? Maybe just Shock and Awe for the news cameras?

different clue

SteveG,

I misunderstood the meaning. My apologies for that.

Yes, if the Kurds get weapons they will keep fighting till they either run out of IS opponents (the best case), or the Kurds run out of weapons or the weapons run out of Kurds. If the ISIS wins in the end, the Kurds will have made them pay for every weapon they live to take away.

dilbert dogbert

Second thoughts about PWs. They have to be managed, so would reduce the effectiveness of the IS troops. Women and children would be better except even a greater management situation. The logistics would be a pain in the ass.
In today's combat having a fixed location seems like a bad idea.

turcopolier

DD

Nit-picking about the PW/civilian difference. This is not a guerilla campaign. You have to hold ground. pl

turcopolier

DD

Those may have been air bursts. pl

BabelFish

Thinking they are or should be using CBU-87s, which can be set to air burst. Thousands were used during Desert Storm.

 Ishmael Zechariah

Col. Lang, SST;

Leaving tactics aside, what are your predictions/wishes for a stable political solution for the region?

Ishmael Zechariah

P.s: Here is a different view of the Kurds:
http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1406.aspx

turcopolier

IZ
I grieve for you, brother, but you must seize the nettle. IMO the only viable US position now is one of containment vis a vis IS. pl

Babak Makkinejad

That seems to be the case.

Babak Makkinejad

I agree.

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