Ramifications & Insights from Joint Kurdish-US Raid

Posted on: October 22nd, 2015 by Will Rodriguez 7 Comments

A joint Kurdish-US raid was launched today into Hawijah Iraq to free ISIS prisoners who were feared to be close to execution.  Details are sketchy but reports vary on how many prisoners were rescued with numbers ranging from a dozen to 70 with 70 most commonly reported.  The raid resulted in the death of about 10-20 ISIS terrorists with five more captured and costing one Delta member killed.  About five Kurdish commandos were wounded.

Hawijah is almost 40 miles from Kirkuk.  Reports state “dozens” of Delta Force commandos took part along with dozens of elite Kurdish troops.  The raid was reportedly conducted by five helicopters most likely MH47 from TF160 because of the units involved and number of personnel involved/rescued.

The raid undoubtedly went after an important time sensitive target but repeated claims that the US does not have “troops on the ground” continue to reinvent English.  Claims that the Kurds are the “supported” force or are in the lead also seem inconsistent with the casualty count.

Most importantly the Iraq Ministry of Defense seems to have been left out of the loop in the planning and execution of the raid.  This implies a new closeness between Kurdish and US forces which will fuel Iraqi Shia fears of a strengthening and potentially independent Kurdistan with all the future trouble that will bring.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …The Iraqi government is showing signs of being more and more rabid about *any* kind of direct support by the U.S. to the Kurds… They might as well be the Turks.  
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    …The Iranian… uh, er… Iraqi government is happy to fight to the last Kurd if they can arrange it.  Keeping them under-equipped with worn out weapons suits Baghdad as well.  The Kurds have no motivation to conduct routine operations much beyond Kirkuk.  
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    -Yankee Papa-

  • YankeePapa 
    Many that promote the Kurds as the force we should be supporting to take on ISIS refuse to accept the Kurds don’t want to fight to liberate land they are going to have to give back anyway.  Heck, the US is probably the only nation to engage in that kind of behavior and we are pilloried for it.

  • YankeePapa

    majrod YankeePapa .
    …Meanwhile the President of Iraqi Kurdistan is way past his pull date.  Hopefully this gets settled without everybody there going “Crazy Eddie…”  
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    http://pasewan.com/blog/2015/the-almost-constitutional-crisis-in-kurdistan/

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    -YP-

  • Txazz

    RIP MSgt Joshua Wheeler
    Prayers for his family, friends, and fellow brothers.

    He was team leader and highly decorated.

    This really bothered me about Peter Cook and Carter Ash dancing around explaining support and it was not combat.  I was irate.  It’s all so O can say we don’t have “boots on the ground”.  Well we do.
    That’s right, the Kurds want their own land and to protect their own people.  Where were the Kurds who were being held prisoners?
    Today, Oct 24, The news of Sheikh Abu Sulaiman Al Masri’s
    death comes as Syrian troops backed by Russian air strikes battle
    Islamic State group fighters in a bid to restore a key supply line to
    the capital.http://tinyurl.com/nsqj2kj

  • Supposed video from the raid; 
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  • YankeePapa

    majrod

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    …Interesting piece, though in one place it (to me at least) is like fingernails on a chalkboard…
    “…where two operators’ heroics…”
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    …The author was not trying to be pejorative, yet the word “heroics” has such a “feel…”  Calls to mind image of a professional wrestler starring in a cheap commando movie… striking poses… displaying “on screen heroics…”
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    …Heroism a much better choice.  An action might be heroic… but “heroics” best not used.  I sent a letter to Stars and Stripes once about their routine use of the word.  No reply… they continued using “heroics…”  Long years ago I got a polite and appreciative response from Ted Koppel (of Nightline…) 
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    -Yankee Papa-