2014-06-24 Last week, one of our SLD colleagues received this message from an American in Iraq about the situation at that time.
Huge stockpiles of US armor, weapons, heavy artillery, mortars, armored
vehicles, tanks, the entire main weapons depot and the main helicopter base,
have been captured, mostly intact, by ISIS.
The largest oilfield in Iraq has also been captured by ISIS.
No US airstrikes, and none are likely any time soon.
US State Department is providing zero support to contractors and
other Americans still here.
Water, ammunition, and other critical supplies are not being delivered to
what few Iraqi troops there are who have not already ripped-off their
uniforms and fled.
All Americans, including me, are trying desperately to get out.
Fighting is bitter!
ISIS does not take prisoners.
ISIS is murdering/slaughtering captives and non-combatants alike.
Like the NVA in Vietnam in the 1960s, ISIS has hit-lists with names of government officials, opposition, police military personnel.
All are marked for death.
The ultimate slaughter will defy imagination!
Kurds in the mountains are establishing their own state. They, correctly,
have zero faith in any US-sponsored central government.
In short, it is total chaos here.
It feels like the fall of Vietnam all over again!
And in a piece from 2012 published on the SLD Forum, it is clear that this outcome was predictable.