The Pentagon has not conducted airstrikes against an estimated 60 Islamic State (IS) training camps that are supplying thousands of fighters each month to the terror group, according to defense and intelligence officials.
In an article by Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon:
The camps are spread throughout Islamic State-controlled areas of Iraq and Syria and are off limits in the U.S.-led international bombing campaign because of concerns about collateral damage, said officials familiar with planning and execution of the yearlong bombing campaign.
Additionally, the IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) camps have been so successful that Islamic State leaders are considering expanding the camps to Libya and Yemen. Both states have become largely ungoverned areas in recent years.
The failure to target the training camps with U.S. and allied airstrikes is raising questions among some defense and intelligence officials about the commitment of President Obama and his senior aides to the current anti-IS strategy of degrading and ultimately destroying the terror group.
So let me get this straight. We know where ISIS training camps exist based on intelligence, but our Dictator-in-Chief tells our military officials to “BACK OFF”! Are you kidding me?! Bomb the S*** out of them! Send these scumbag terrorists back to the rock they climbed out from under! Stop this insanity now!
Even our officials are asking the same question.
“If we know the location of these camps, and the president wants to destroy ISIS, why are the camps still functioning?” one official critical of the policy asked.
The camps are regarded by U.S. intelligence analysts as a key element in the terror group’s successes in holding and taking new territory. The main benefit of the training camps is that they are providing a continuous supply of new fighters.
An additional worry of intelligence analysts is that some of the foreign fighters being trained in the camps will eventually return to their home countries in Europe and North America to carry out terror attacks.
A White House spokesman declined to comment on the failure to bomb the terror camps and referred questions to the Pentagon.
Pentagon spokesman Maj. Roger M. Cabiness declined to say why no training camps have been bombed. “I am not going to be able to go into detail about our targeting process,” he said.
Gertz goes on to add:
According to the defense and intelligence officials, one reason the training camps have been off limits is that political leaders in the White House and Pentagon fear hitting them will cause collateral damage. Some of the camps are located near civilian facilities and there are concerns that casualties will inspire more jihadists to join the group.
You have got to be kidding me! So Obama doesn’t mind ISIS or the “JV Team” striking Americans or the beheadings of Americans in America, but God forbid the United States should attack ISIS and that result in “collateral damage.” Really? Wake up people! Unless we knock out these training camps with some serious fighting power, ISIS will continue to grow and multiply like maggots on a dead bird.
Disclosure that the IS training camps are effectively off limits to the bombing campaign comes as intelligence officials in the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and U.S. Central Command, which is in charge of the conflict, have alleged that senior U.S. officials skewed intelligence reports indicating the U.S. strategy against IS is not working or has been less effective than officials have claimed in public.
The Daily Beast reported Wednesday that senior military and intelligence officials inappropriately pressured U.S. terrorism analysts to alter estimates of the strength of the Islamic State to portray the group as weaker.
The military campaign, known as Operation Inherent Resolve, appears to be floundering despite a yearlong campaign of airstrikes and military training programs aimed to bolstering Iraqi military forces.
A review of Central Command reports on airstrikes since last year reveals that no attacks were carried out against training camps.
That’s just great isn’t it? So not only can the US military NOT attack the training camps due to ‘collateral damage’ but the intelligence reports American citizens do get is skewed! Guess Obama doesn’t want the public to know just how bad that “JV team” is whipping our butts. I mean after all it is ONLY a “JV team”. Well, I guess it’s a good thing that we’re not playing the Varsity then!
What we need now is a Rambo or John McClane in the White House. Too bad Obama hasn’t let his Hollywood types rub off on him. What we need now is a Rambo or John McClane in the White House! Yippee Ki Yay!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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