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2016-06-22 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
ISIS counter-attack pushes Syrian forces out of Raqqa province
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Posted by Fred 2016-06-22 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6617 views ]  Top
 File under: Islamic State 

#1 The Russian air force was busy elsewhere?
Posted by Pappy 2016-06-22 14:55||   2016-06-22 14:55|| Front Page Top

#2 Firebombing villages in Idlib and Aleppo, far as I can tell. Maybe some CAS east of Palmyra. There's some claiming that the Tabqa area was under a sandstorm, but the footage doesn't show anything particularly extreme. And that there is a heck of a rout.

Might have been the result of withdrawals to south of Aleppo to reinforce or re-build a front behind where Hezbollah broke under the pressure of a rebel/Nusra offensive out of Idlib a couple days ago.

The regime policy of "fight everybody" seems to paying anti-dividends.

Meanwhile there's footage today of a B-52 over Manbij. I don't know if they were using telephoto lenses or if they're really flying BUFFs that low on CAS duty. I honestly thought they used the B-52s further out than that.
Posted by Charles M. Hagmaier  2016-06-22 16:20||  2016-06-22 16:20|| Front Page Top

#3 Telephoto, else there would be much more detail than shown.

Posted by Shipman 2016-06-22 16:57||   2016-06-22 16:57|| Front Page Top

#4 the fatalities just keep mounting

ISIS has probably lost over 35,000 fighters which is greater than their current active force strength; probably at least 5-10% of these losses were due to attacks by other anti Regime forces or ISIS fighters executed by ISIS

the Assad Regime military is a hollow shell of what they were in 2011; they are only kept alive because of Hezbollah, Iran and Russia
Posted by lord garth 2016-06-22 18:26||   2016-06-22 18:26|| Front Page Top

#5 I just don't get it. I was never in the military, which given my penchant for arguing with authority, is probably a good thing all around. I have all the respect in the world for you guys that have "been there, done that."

That said, though, I was raised on the stories of WWII and almost wound up in Viet Nam. 40 killed seems like a minor skirmish rather that the results of a "large counter-offensive".

So for all you spurts out there why am I so off the track?
Posted by AlanC 2016-06-22 20:43||   2016-06-22 20:43|| Front Page Top

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