- Fact #1 - The Nazi production of tanks and weapons increased in spite of massive allied bombing of German cities.
- Fact #2 - The Vietnam War was lost even though the U.S. virtually leveled North Vietnam with air power.
- Fact #3 - The Taliban have successfully withstood American air power since 2001.
- Don't plan on ISIS being defeated by air power.
(Daily Beast) - ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 air strikes in the American-led campaign to break ISIS’s grip there.
At least one-third of the country’s territory is now under ISIS influence, with recent gains in rural areas that can serve as a conduit to major cities ISIS hopes to eventually claim as part of its caliphate. Meanwhile, the Islamic extremist group does not appear to have suffered any major ground losses since the strikes began. The result is a net ground gain for ISIS, according to information compiled by two groups with on-the-ground sources.
In Syria, ISIS “has not any lost any key terrain,” Jennifer Cafarella, a fellow at the Washington D.C.-based Institute for the Study of War who studies the Syrian conflict, explained to the Daily Beast.
Even U.S. military officials privately conceded to The Daily Beast that ISIS has gained ground in some areas, even as the Pentagon claims its seized territory elsewhere, largely around the northern city of Kobani. That’s been the focus of the U.S.-led campaign, and ISIS has not been able to take the town, despite its best efforts.
A map developed by the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS), a Syrian American opposition umbrella group, shows that ISIS has nearly doubled the amount of territory it controls since air strikes began last year.
“Assessing the map, ISIS has almost doubled its territorial control in Syria. But more importantly, the number of people who now live under ISIS control has also increased substantially,” CDS political advisor Mouaz Moustafa said.Read More . . . .
|ISIS is in dark red.|