Photo Credit: Google Map with J.E. Dyer, annotation.
ISIS closing in on Baghdad.

Israel maintains that American military training did not help Iraqi forces fend off the Al Qaeda-linked ISIL takeover in the northern and central part of the country.

The take-away lesson: Israel cannot and will not hand over the defense of its nation to a third party in the Jordan Valley – not now, not ever.

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The Pentagon is upset by that, because the United States wants to advance a plan formulated by U.S. General John Allen to replace the Israel Defense Forces in the Jordan Valley with an international force.

Allen, an expert on counter-terrorism with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, contends that Israel faces completely different threats than those in Iraq.

The Pentagon and State Department both insist that Israel should trust American military officials to know what they are doing.

But Israeli officials said bluntly in a report published Monday night – speaking on condition of anonymity – that the Americans are misreading the signals and possibly the map, much as they did in Iraq.

And they don’t want to see a repetition of that disaster here on home ground.

More than 1,000 Iraqis, mostly civilians, have died in mass murders by radical Islamists in the last three weeks, the United Nations reports, calling the figure “very much a minimum.”

Terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) – or as it is called in Syria, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams or Syria (ISIS), seized nearly the entire northern section of Iraq. The group captured the largest city in the north – Mosul – and the hometown of former dictator Sadaam Hussein, Tikrit, among others.

ISIL is now threatening Iraq’s border with Turkey, and earlier this month kidnapped a Turkish Consul and 80 Turkish contractors and workers from an eastern city. Turkey immediately evacuated its staff from the Turkish Consulate in Basra, located in southern Iraq.

The group’s forces are also threatening Iraq’s eastern border with Iran.

In addition, ISIL has captured a wide area in Iraq’s central region and is rapidly advancing to the west, having already captured one border crossing into Jordan, in addition to two border crossings with Syria. The group’s forces are beginning to move south towards Baghdad.

The group’s goal is to create an Islamic state, a Caliphate, run entirely by Shari’a (Islamic) law.

At present, ISIL has managed to blur the border between Iraq and Syria – with members of the group on both sides of the boundary – and is presenting a real and present danger to Jordan.

It is this threat to another American ally that Israel is pointedly referring to in its discussions with the United States, which blithely assured the Iraqi government it would “help push back this aggression” even as it pulled its forces out of Iraq two and a half years ago. Despite the infusion of billions of U.S. dollars, Iraqi security forces were inadequately trained and completely unable to meet the challenge of fending off the ISIL guerrilla fighters.

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40 COMMENTS

  1. An Obama administration plan like this one will leave Israel open to betrayal by U.S.. NO INTERNATIONAL FORCE IN JORDAN VALLEY! America no longer knows how to wage war under Obama. They have become a rice paper tiger. They cannot successfully fight terrorists because Obama doesn’t want them to do so. They want this for Israel to get them out of the Jordan Valley. News for Obama: The Israelis know your betrayal plan!

  2. YEA YOU RIGHT AVRAHAM GOODMAMAN.
    YEA I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN,YOU CAN NOT TRUST THE GOV OR THE MUSLIM PRESIDENT TERRORIST..ITS A SHAME OVER HERE SEENS HE GOT. IN THE OFFICE,,PEOPEL+FAMILYS ARE HOMLESS +GOING HUNGRY OUR VETS FROM ALL WARS DONT HAVE A HOME TO GO TO..
    IT BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES WHEN I SEE HUNGRY VETS+HUNGRY + HOMLESS CHILDREN..
    THIS VET FOUGHT FOR THIS COUNTRY +OBAMA DONT CARE AT ALL..ME +MY HUSBAND ARE BOTH DISABLE FROM MY HUSBAND FROM VIETNAM+
    ME FROM ISRAEL MILLITARY.FOR 12 Years.. I CAN NOT ANDERSTAND WHY DO THEY DONT GIVE A SHIT IT MAKES ME MAD..THERE HAD TO PUT ME IN TO A MENTAL WARD FOR 1 MONTH II HAD A NERVIS BREAK TOWN ,,NOW I HAFE TO TAKE OVER 14 PILLS A DAY ,,I TRY TO FORGET THE PAST WHEN I SAFED AT LEASED 20 CHILDREN FROM A GRANADE THAT LANDED IN A GROWD OF CHILDREN+I PUT MY BODY OVER IT,,,IT JUST BLOW MY STOMACH OUT BUT IM STILL ALIVE..THEY TOOK ME TO WIESBADEN GERMANY ARMY HOSPITAL..IT TOOK A WHILE TO HEAL,, BUT IM OK NOW,,EXEPT FOR SCARSE,,,,,BUT THIS LOVING BABYS.THERE PARENTS DEID BUT I TOLD THE NUNNS TO PLACE THEM IN TO A AUNT OR ONKEL. ,,,THERE MUST BE SOME ONE THERE TO HELP THIS BABYS..
    MY HUSBAND HAS MANY WOONS TO THE VIETNAM PEOPEL SHOT HIM TWICE IN THE HELICOPTER HE HAD ALL OVER TO WALK AGAIN…BUT HE DID,,WE ARE OK,, GETTING PLENTY. OF DOCTERS TO LOOK OVER US,, I AM 54 years old nowMY HUSBAND IS 58 ..SO WE TRY TO MAKE IT FOR OUR 12 GRANDBABYS… BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH ISRAEL +GOD BLESS YOU SIR

  3. It’s not going to happen, especially in an environment that presents clear and present danger. The Jordan River and Valley is a natural and defensible border against larger scale invasion. With all due respect to my country, it is run by civilians who have little respect for our own borders or the safety of our citizens who live near them.

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