Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Russian Eastern Front

Russia has moved into Syria to fight on the western front against ISIL in defense of Assad. But what about the eastern front where we have our priority effort?

That's nice:

Russian, Syrian and Iranian military commanders have set up a coordination cell in Baghdad in recent days to try to begin working with Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State, Fox News has learned.

Western intelligence sources say the coordination cell includes low-level Russian generals. U.S. officials say it is not clear whether the Iraqi government is involved at the moment.

Describing the arrival of Russian military personnel in Baghdad, one senior U.S. official said, "They are popping up everywhere."

It's not clear if the Russians were invited? Isn't that called an invasion otherwise?

Hey, we walked away from Iraq for 2-1/2 years at the end of 2011 and have spent the last year working on PowerPoint presentations about preparing Iraq to fight ISIL in the eastern side of their caliphate.

So why not give the Russians a shot, the Iraqis may think.