Monday, August 11, 2014

Not the last war's bad guys

Josh Marshall solicited reader views on why ISIS had been so successful encroaching on Kurdish-protected territory in northern Iraq and an apparently well-credentialed but unnamed reader provided a response --

As for ISIS, they are just a resurgent and re-named al-Qaeda in Iraq. They have the same combat capability they have always had. They fight with suicide bombers, AK-47s and RPG-7 rocket launchers, single vehicle long range battlefield rocket launchers and are mobile in what we call TTFs – Toyota Task Forces.

Reuters report on the ISIS advance --

The Sunni militants routed Kurds in their latest advance with tanks, artillery, mortars and vehicles seized from fleeing Iraqi troops.