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Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:26 PM

Reuters: Islamic fighters advance in Syria despite U.S. strikes

(Reuters) - U.S. planes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria for a second day on Wednesday, but the strikes did not halt the fighters' advance in a Kurdish area where fleeing refugees told of villages burnt and captives beheaded.

U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, asked the world to join together to fight the militants and vowed to keep up military pressure against them.

"The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force, so the United States of America will work with a broad coalition to dismantle this network of death," Obama said in 40-minute speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

Islamist militants in Algeria boasted in a video they had beheaded a French hostage captured on Sunday to punish Paris for joining air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq. French President Francois Hollande confirmed the execution.

"My determination is total and this aggression only strengthens it," Hollande said. "The military air strikes will continue as long as necessary."

Watching CNN International now. Thousands of Kurdish refugees have fled across the Turkish border just within the past 48 hours.

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rh24 Sep 2014 OP
rh24 Sep 2014 #1
Let it go Sep 2014 #2
Attila Gorilla Sep 2014 #3
Let it go Sep 2014 #4
Attila Gorilla Sep 2014 #5
rh24 Sep 2014 #7
Attila Gorilla Sep 2014 #8
Banshee 3 Actual Sep 2014 #6
Attila Gorilla Sep 2014 #9

Response to rh24 (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:32 PM

1. More on the ISIS advance on Kobami in eastern Syria:

"ISLAMIC STATE ADVANCES ON KURDS

Even as Islamic State outposts elsewhere have been struck, the fighters have accelerated their campaign to capture Kobani, a Kurdish city on the border with Turkey. Nearly 140,000 Syrian Kurds have fled into Turkey since last week, the fastest exodus of the entire three-year civil war.

An Islamic State source, speaking to Reuters via online messaging, said the group had taken several villages to the west of Kobani. Footage posted on YouTube appeared to show Islamic State fighters using weapons including artillery as they battled Kurdish forces near Kobani. The Islamists were shown raising the group's black flag after tearing down a Kurdish one.

A Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the advance had been rapid three days ago but was slowed by the U.S.-led air strikes.

But Ocalan Iso, deputy leader of Kurdish forces defending Kobani, said more militants and tanks had arrived in the area since the coalition began air strikes on the group.

"Kobani is in danger," he said."

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Response to rh24 (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:38 PM

2. Wow we look so ineffectual.

Where is this grand coalition again?

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Response to Let it go (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:48 PM

3. We looked ineffectual for months after Pearl Harbor.

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Response to Attila Gorilla (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:50 PM

4. But this is our offensive move, not efforts after a sneak attack.

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Response to Let it go (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 04:53 PM

5. You wanted ISIS wiped out in one week?

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Response to Attila Gorilla (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 05:07 PM

7. I think it may speak to the limited utility of air power in this case. We will just have to see.

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Response to rh24 (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 06:11 PM

8. Then the countries in the area need to send troops in.

We've lost enough soldiers there.

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Response to Attila Gorilla (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 05:03 PM

6. We looked "Ineffectual" after Pearl Harbor? thats your excuse?

2 battleships total loss
2 battleships sunk
3 battleships damaged
1 battleship grounded,
3 cruisers damaged
3 destroyers sunk
188 Aircraft shot down or destroyed on the ground
159 Aircraft damaged
2,403 Killed
1,178 Wounded
Bataan besieged
Wake Captured
Guam Captured
US West Coast under Invasion threat
US East Coast Shipping under attack by U-Boats

and no ability to project power.

and you really believe that compares to the US Military position today. What? Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!



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Response to Banshee 3 Actual (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 06:15 PM

9. I'm just saying it took time defete each island.

Demanding victory in the first month is ridiculous. As I said above, let the countries in the area send troops in if they want to rid themselves of ISIS.

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