First ground clash between ISIS and US forces in Iraq


Shafaq News / An American force has fought its actual first battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria “ISIS” organization during a counter-attack that was carried out by tribal forces

                                                 This is from a Kurdish news site.




From the article:

He added, “We have made progress in al-Dolab area, in which ISIS has withdrawn from to the villages beyond, after the battles which involved a private American force , and provided a great impetus firearm, and opened hubs around the region enabled them to storm and surprise ISIS fighters”

What, exactly, is a “private American force”? Blackwater or somebody?

I am much inclined to think a concerted, on the ground, military effort by the U.S. and perhaps a few allies with real capacity like the Brits, Aussies or Canadians, could crush ISIS pretty readily. It would be a mess in cities like Mosul, but there are probably plenty of people in Mosul who would rat them out or even join against ISIS.

The Turks would be very useful, but the price of their cooperation seems to be overthrowing Assad in the process, which the U.S. is not inclined to do.


I know very little about the media outlet GlobalPost other than the American journalist from NH, James Foley (murdered by ISIS) was working for them.

But if **this story from the GlobalPost ** is accurate it would be a change of conditions from what has been reported until now. And could possibly account for what may be reported in the OP story.


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