Just eight days ago, the Obama administration reported that U.S. airstrikes in Iraq against ISIS has slowed down their momentum making it “more difficult for the group to take new territory.” However, according to a report by the New York Times, Iraqi forces have barely made inroads as far as getting ISIS to budge. Translation: The Islamic State is holding its ground.
Although the airstrikes appear to have stopped the extremists’ march toward Baghdad, the Islamic State is still dealing humiliating blows to the Iraq government forces. On Monday, the government acknowledged that it had lost control of the small town of Sichar and lost contact with several hundred of its soldiers who had been besieged for nearly a week at a camp north of the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja, in Anbar Province.
By midday, there were reports that hundreds of soldiers had been killed in battle or mass executions. Ali Bedairi, a lawmaker from the governing alliance, said more than 300 soldiers had died after the loss of the base, Camp Saqlawiya. The prime minister ordered the arrest of the responsible officers, although a military spokesman put the death toll at just 40 and said 68 were missing….