Unfortunately, the bad guys keep winning in Iraq.
The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, is rolling to victories in Syria and Iraq, carving out a growing territory and leaving a wake of terror in its path. The militant extremist fighters have taken over cities, Iraq’s largest dam and sent the Iraq army running away.
A few days ago, President Barack Obama authorized limited airstrikes against the group, prompting ISIS to remove their black-and-white flags from the pickups and other vehicles they drive around the desert in.
They fight dirty. That’s probably not news to anyone who has deployed to Iraq, but ISIS seems exceptionally nasty.
There’s an ISIS photo floating around the Internet of a 7-year-old boy with a Syrian soldier’s head in his hands.
Apparently the boy’s father was from Australia, and took his son to go fight for ISIS.
And, just in the past week, ISIS released a video on YouTube threatening the United States to stay out of Iraq. The video contains images of blown-up American Humvees and other disturbing images from the Iraq war.
The group is also threatening to “raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
Not likely to happen, but it shows the mindset of these guys. They are just totally tuned out of reality.
They are on a mass killing spree, causing panic to peaceful families and getting away with it.
If ISIS keeps winning, the United States and other nations will be forced to make decisions.
Do we stay out of Iraq, and let ISIS take over, bringing forth a new region were terrorist groups are allowed to train and plot?
Another 9/11 could happen if that’s the case.
Or, do we bomb the ISIS fighters, and even put boots on the ground to eliminate them?
These are difficult decisions, and no one really wants American soldiers to head back to Iraq where too much blood has already been spilled.
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Jacob Brooks, a former Army tanker, is the city editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7468.