[ Note: Catching a rolling coverage guest slot on an historical battle event like this is always a treat, although five minutes before a 7am start time is a bit of a challenge, and also part of the fun of this business. You have to have some background and be fast on your feet to do these on short notice.
I try to go with material that the other guests will not use, to not bore the audience with obvious, repetitive points. Our VT readers know we are all about framing and dot-connecting to give our audience a deeper insight into what is going on, and you can grade me on my 7am attempt to do so.
This was a Pyrrhic victory of sorts for the Iraqis, the capturing of totally destroyed Al-Nuri Mosque. But that was done at the hands of ISIS, as they did not want to let the Iraqi forces have victory photos at the birthplace of Baghdadi’s caliphate.
For the families of all the innocent victims, they must find solace in their personal losses as best they can. The Syrian Army has taken a lot of casualties in this long and brutal fight, and it is not over yet. The scale of the fighting and carnage might go down, but I fear the suicide bombers might be with us…like forever.
The strategic concern now is whether the US coalition will be able to prevent Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran from forming a cross border anti-terrorist, mini-NATO of their own, so the days of picking countries off one at a time will not include them.
The Western warmongers fear that the most, and they should. The terrorist Frankensteins they have created may very well, in the end, choose to camp out on their doorstep; and their respective publics, once they have really figured the whole scam out, will take revenge. I sure hope I live to see that… Jim W. Dean ]
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The liberation of Mosul looks imminent as Iraqi forces fully recapture the iconic al-Nuri mosque which was blown up by Daesh terrorists last week.