Friday, September 09, 2016

That Missing Eagerness for Martyrdom

However much I think ISIL's Iraq branch has failed to show the proper jihadi eagerness to die to defend their caliphate, the Libya branch seems to be made of sterner stuff.

Libyan ISIL forces are hanging on to bits of Sirte fairly tenaciously:

Forces made up mostly of fighters from Misrata, 230 km (145 miles) to the north west, now say they are in the final stages of their campaign to oust Islamic State from its former North African stronghold.

But they have faced stiff resistance from militants holed up in a slowly shrinking residential area in the center of the coastal city, who have defended themselves with car bombs, sniper fire, mines and shelling.

In Libya, the jihadis still fight hammer and tong. In Iraq? Not so much over the last 9 months. Which I suspected early.

May we exploit this in Iraq when we finally get the Big Offensive rolling toward Mosul.

Or will the jihadis really rediscover their willingness to trade their lives for plentiful virgins in the afterlife when they are holding the gates of Mosul?