Pretty much on their own, the Kurds are kicking some serious ISIS butt.
Associated Press (via NBC News) reports that Kurdish fighters took full control of a key town on the Syria-Turkey border Tuesday, dealing a major blow to ISIS.
Kurdish fighters have gained control of Tal Abyad, a city near the Turkish border. This victory against ISIS thugs has cut off key supply lines to the newly minted capital of ISIS located in Raqqa.
However, almost immediately, White House Press Secretary Josh “Not So” Earnest issued a “you-didn’t-build-that” statement, for the hard-fought victory in a war that isn’t a war against an Islamic foe that isn’t Islamic.
Per the New Statesman, “The White House claimed credit Tuesday for a victory by Kurdish fighters over the Islamic State in northern Syria, saying the battlefield success is a direct result of military decisions by President Obama late last year.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the triumph by Syrian Kurds in the town of Tal Abyad “is actually a direct consequence of an earlier military operation that President Obama ordered” to break the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last fall.
“Because of the president’s decision to order the air drop of significant resources and equipment and reinforcements, and because we were able to work with Turkey to allow for additional forces to enter that city, we saw that coalition … backed by coalition airstrikes, of course … drive [the Islamic State] out of Khobani,” he said.
“And over the last several months, those forces have steadily driven east across northern Syria.”
Mr. Earnest said the Kurdish victory is “an indication that when the 62-member coalition that President Obama has built against ISIL can back up the efforts of local forces fighting ISIL on the ground, that that is a recipe for success.”
Mr. President, with all due respect, this is an indication of the amazing ability of the Kurds to fight and win against all odds with too little, too late help from the United States. These soldiers are apparently one of the few groups in the Middle East, aside from the Egyptians and the Jordanians, who have the determination, bravery, and the know-how to take it to ISIS.
Just think where we might be today if President Obama had taken John McCain’s advice (among many others) and sent U.S. aid to the Kurds long ago.
These Kurdish units — which include all-women militias, by the way — have for all intents and purposes become the last line of defense against the genocidal fanatics of ISIS.
[Note: this article was written by Ashley Edwardson]