The above picture was taken in June when it was reported that 800 ISIS soldiers defeated 30,000 Iraqi troops who basically threw down their arms and deserted leaving land and arms for ISIS to pick up. Where did these matching vehicles come from? Did the Iraqi soldiers give them up? Is it really plausible that 30,000 Iraqi soldiers turned tail in the face of 800 jihadis if the Iraq Army is this well-equipped? ISIS looks to me like a well-funded, well-organized group that did not just spontaneously break off from the disorganized, beaten down jihadis in Syria. Even if they did, the Syrian jihadis (and ISIS) are widely reported as being funded by our allies in the region. In any case, looking at this picture calls to mind the (new?) adage, “all terrorism is state-sponsored.”
Here is the podcast of this week’s show. (For the show I did when ISIS first emerged in June, click here.)
Two corrections/points to the August 9 show: (1) I misspoke and said the Shia state would be in the middle but it’s actually in the south (see this image from my June show for the proposed configuration of the states formerly known as Iraq): (2) Caller Bret said Assad gassed his people in Syria last year – I think that’s untrue. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that the Syrian rebels conducted that chemical attack to draw the US into the Syrian war. For some damning footage supporting this view, click here.