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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Iraq / Syria Regional Long War Updates ( October 8 , 2014 ) -- Death dealing in Iraq continues unabated , ISIS wages strategic battles to control flow of water and dams in Iraq ..... Syria - Pentagon: US Won’t Shift ISIS Campaign Over Kurdish Town Kobani One of Many Targets Under Attack by ISIS Right Now ....... Despite airstrikes , pressure still seems to be applied on Kobane by ISIS -- Tweets of the day !
At least 169 people were killed and 55 were wounded across Iraq on Tuesday. Also,Canada‘s parliament has authorized airstrikes in Iraq.
The strategic value of water in Iraq has made it one of the favorite weapons of the Islamic State. Not only do they continue their attempts to control the Mosul and Haditha Dams, they have also been diverting water away from villages that refuse to come under their control. And, they also are demolishing levees in order to flood villages and fields.
“Kobani is horrible but right now there’s a lot of horrible in Iraq and Syria,” the unnamed official said, saying Kobani was just one of many targets of the ISIS offensive across the nation.
Though Kurdish officials have tried to present the loss of Kobani as a humanitarian calamity leading to some sort of slaughter, virtually the whole population had already fled to Turkey in the past weeks.
Indeed, with the attacks on Hasakeh yesterday, Kobani isn’t even the largest Kurdish city being sieged by ISIS in Syria. The US airstrikes around Kobani clearly aren’t changing the situation on the ground, but US officials don’t seem to have any alternate strategies anyhow, and are seemingly attacking ISIS for the sake of attacking ISIS.
While Pentagon officials are likely to be criticized for their unwillingness to change strategies in Syria, the absence of a real end-game strategy for what some are now calling a “thirty-year war” is a problem well beyond the fate of Kobani, and reflects the new conflict’s status as an unwinnable war.