And absolutely no air support.
These 7th century followers of mohamed are only successful due to Obama’s lack of willingness to bomb them back into the stone age where they long to be.
No more surprises? ISIS Achilles’ heel is defending what it has won
- ISIS’ “ability to continually shape and control the conflict will be sorely tested,” analyst says
- Its success so far is largely due to the weakness of its opponents, analysts say
- For now, observers say ISIS still has momentum, but opponents can turn the tide
(CNN) — Surprise, mobility and the merciless treatment of opponents: the blueprint of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq as it has gobbled up territory in both Syria and Iraq over the past few months. But as its adversaries regroup, ISIS — which now calls itself the Islamic State — may begin to suffer setbacks on the battlefield, according to a new analysis of its capabilities and tactics.
“As a defensive force, the ISIS may struggle to hold terrain if it is attacked simultaneously at multiple points or if its auxiliary allies begin to defect,” says Michael Knights, who has worked throughout Iraq and is now a fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Knights says ISIS has a deep bench of talented military planners, veterans of the Iraq insurgency during the U.S. occupation and of the group’s creation of a mini-state in Syria. It has foreign jihadists who have fought in Chechnya and the Balkans. “Yet the pace of the war against the ISIL is accelerating, and the group’s ability to continually shape and control the conflict will be sorely tested,” Knights writes in the latest edition of Sentinel, published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
Military analysts say ISIS’ success so far is largely due to the weakness of its opponents, as well as years of meticulous planning after Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s “reboot” of the group in 2010.
More here. H/T: Fjordman