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  •  Judiciously applied airpower... (1+ / 0-)
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    aimeehs

    ...is pretty effective in denying mass and mobility.  However this remains Iraq's problem and any real solution will require committed Iraqi troops and--most importantly--political compromise.  No one can do this for them.

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    by DaveinBremerton on Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 11:53:56 PM PDT

    •  Of course. (1+ / 0-)
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      Without the Kurdish fighters on the ground, and the incoming support of the Iraqi Special Forces, air support, in the long run, would be pointless.  ISIL forces would still be able to organize and forge different paths and slaughter innocents (something they specialize in and are still doing in Iraq even with this push).  The air support alone, would only deny their mobility for a limited amount of time. However the Kurdish fighters, nor the Iraqi government, has the air support or intelligence tech that the US military does which aids Kurdish fighters in their ground movements to contain and hopefully destroy ISIL in Iraq.

      It's an arrow, but the tip is forged by the Kurdish fighters, with movement of Iraqi special forces and US air support.

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      by aimeehs on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 07:09:36 AM PDT

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