Mapping An ISIS Advance: Syria On The Brink

Recently, calls for US ‘boots on the ground’ in Syria have gotten louder after ISIS captured a UNESCO World Heritage site in Syria, overran Ramadi in Iraq, and took credit for a suicide bombing in a Saudi mosque.
The US is now reportedly looking at its options including sending so-called ‘spotters’ to Iraq who will help to make US airstrikes more effective and meanwhile, uber hawks like Senator John McCain (who has himself had a bit of trouble shaking rumors that he was once photographed with the same ISIS forces he now wants to annihilate) saying that as many as 10,000 US troops are necessary to turn the tide. From Bloomberg:
Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, speaks during panel discussion at regional security summit in Singapore. Islamic State is winning in Iraq, Syria: McCain
Air strikes without foreign troops on the ground providing real time targeting information aren’t effective: McCain.
McCain says he blames President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq for emergence of Islamic State.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 05/30/2015.


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