Feral Cities and Fanatics

| June 3, 2019

 

Coalition Forces fire a mortar during training in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria, July 23, 2018. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Air Force)

Coalition Forces fire a mortar during training in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Syria, July 23, 2018. (Staff Sgt. Corey Hook/Air Force)

What this article describes is using a stronger, more direct investigation into who is/is not friendly to the USA once a city is taken back. As the article indicates, leaving a vacuum after trashing a Middle Eastern city leaves room for a new set of warlords and gangs and terrorist to settle there. Nothing is resolved or finished and the destruction has to be resumed. How many times has Mosul been rebuilt, historically? Frankly, it has been trashed and rebuilt since Nineveh was founded nearly 3,000 years ago.

After the trashing  and flattening of Mosul, which is still not rebuilt two years later, the assessment on the remains of ISIS is that there are still 15,000 to 20,000 ISers in two population groups somewhere in the desert, away from Mosul.  They are also moving into Afghanistan and getting into fights with the Taliban. They are not gone, just driven out for now.

The term “feral cities” is described thus in the article:  Feral cities are major urban sprawls that lack adequate governance. Warlords, gangs or terror groups occupy a maze of concrete that largely blocks GPS links, radio communications and aircraft sensors. U.S. troops are forced to seek and destroy the enemy in an environment filled with sewage, failing infrastructure and even packs of wild dogs.

It can happen anywhere, including here.  You don’t think so? Then you are ignorant of real history, the Black Panthers and Seven Days of Rage in Los Angeles, and the later riots in 1992 over the beating of Rodney King.

 

From the article:  The campaign in Raqqa, for instance, left “entire city blocks flattened,” according to Amnesty International.  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2019/04/29/why-us-troops-flattened-raqqa-and-mosul-and-what-it-means-for-future-fights/

“If you’re talking about Mosul and Raqqa, it sounds like we were using chemotherapy and not a knife,” said Sarah Holewinski, who is on the board at the Center for Civilians in Conflict, while using Spencer’s cancer analogy.

Holewinski, who was in Nineveh Governorate, Iraq, two weeks before the Mosul operation started, said the planning for the mission was “woefully inadequate.”

In the days leading up to the assault, Holewinski said, military planners were still asking: “Would the population stay or go? Would ISIS use them as human shields? Do we understand the infrastructure that’s there?

“Even the integration with the United Nations was a big mess,” she added. – Article.

Would ISIS use the population as human shields? Of course they would. I thought that question was answered some time ago. They care nothing for human lives, or life in general. Fanaticism is an ugly thing, which we’ve seen far too many times in recent history. It is as insidious as a thick fog. We can see it in the ridiculous things that repeatedly get attention in our own media and online, and which make the rest of us wonder what is wrong with those people.

The fact that ISIS has pulled back, regrouped and is in a holding pattern somewhere is just as disturbing as the Taliban’s repeated takeover of Afghanistan.  It isn’t over yet.

Category: Afghanistan, Historical, Iraq, Isis

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    The same can be said of the terrorist groups themselves- from al Qaeda to the Taliban to ISIS, and state sponsored ones like Hezbollah, they can never be completely eradicated.

    More’s the pity.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      They CAN, just not with means found acceptable to most of the world…

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Gather them all together in one spot by whatever means works, and SPLAT!!!! Don’t bother nuking the place from orbit, either. Mines will do just fine.

      (Sorry, I’m getting crabby. It’s June and the outside temperature is below 60F.)

      • cptsmith says:

        I agree with you.

        (It’s June here and the outside temp is over 110. August is really going to suck.)

  2. Fyrfighter says:

    “The term “feral cities” is described thus in the article: Feral cities are major urban sprawls that lack adequate governance. Warlords, gangs or terror groups occupy a maze of concrete that largely blocks GPS links, radio communications and aircraft sensors. In an environment filled with sewage, failing infrastructure and even packs of wild dogs.”…

    I’m confused, are you still talking about Iraq, or are you now talking about democrat run cities in the US? Very hard to tell the difference.

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      “… talking about democrat run cities in the US?”

      Took the words right off my keyboard, Fyr…

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Um, I will let you take your pick on that. We have several, you know. There are rodents carrying fleas infected with typhus in Los Angeles and the feral cats can’t keep up with them. I think San Fran isn’t much better.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        Same with Seattle and Portland…

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        Not to mention that the sidewalks of San Fran are now open sewers littered with used syringes.

        • Fjardeson says:

          Such a shame, API. I visited San Fran in the late eighties, and it was an impressive place. Loved all the little pubs, great walks, beautiful architecture, etc. No more homeless etc than was normal in a big city, for the era.

          Now, I wouldn’t go in there without borrowing one of President Trump’s BEAST vehicles and a short squad of Nasty Girls. Also, don’t forget the MOPP-IV suits, if Heaven forbid, you have to dismount.

          • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

            Not to mention that Typhus and Measles have made a comeback on US Soil as well.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      When I saw the headline I figured this would be about the “Poop Map App” and San Francisco where regular online videos of people shitting on public sidewalks in broad daylight are now a regular occurrence.

      The Poop Map App shows a city mostly covered in brown pushpin marks because there is shit on the sidewalks on almost every street according to this app at some point or another.

      According to Business Insider there 77 incidents a day, every day, for the entire year of 2018 of people shitting on the public streets. for a grand total of over 28,000 human feces incidents in San Francisco. A city by the way that has double the national average income.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Just so you know, I did check on the most recent reports of typhus in Los Angeles. They now include typhoid fever.

        Good reason to stay away from both of those cities. San Fran used to be a beautiful city. Now it is a colossal mess.

    • 26Limabeans says:

      Portland Maine with Warlord Ethan Strimling.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    “It isn’t over yet.” And it will never be over until Fyrfighter’s, and most of our’s, unspoken solution is used.

    …Radio hiss..”Red Eye Minot, this is Sky Eye, the target is lit, fire for effect!” hsssss