Quoting: Anonymous Coward 39530681 Quoting: goodmockingbird Quoting: Luisport
Patrick Osgood @PatrickOsgood · 12 h
Only a small special forces team is keeping Baiji out of ISIS's hands. The army, stranded w/out ammunition, has left [link to www.iraqoilreport.com]
Fifty men remaining
Oh brother. I cannot help but feel for them.
The point to take away from this is that ISIL has been trying for a week and hasn't taken control of the this refinery yet when confronted by soldiers who don't run away.
ISIS/ISIL greatly resemble nothing else so much in military history as they resemble the Huns or Mongol horde of late antiquity
A rootless mobile force that ranges across the land in waves, plundering -- in this case military equipment and munitions
They establish -- to our knowledge -- no infrastructure, and execute or incorporate all men of fighting age... and boys as well.
We have no way of knowing what civilian conditions are like in their wake. But I suspect that widows, orphans, and other dependents are not faring well at all
All of their productive age men are embattled one way or another -- or rendered casualties -- instead of supporting families
The phrase that one cannot eat bullets holds true in this case
ISIS/ISIL is a ranging, marauding force that destroys
They thrive in demoralized territory with no will to fight
But they prefer not to take on the Peshmerga, and they struggle when the meet hardened fighters
And they will face a meat grinder in Baghdad
No good news or real insight here, just observations