Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
August 28, 2015

ISIS Hitting a Wall in Iraq?

Iraqi forces and mainly Shiite Muslim volunteers arrive in the predominantly-Sunni Muslim city of Samarra, 124 kilometers from Baghdad on July 2 to protect the Shiite Muslim Al-Askari shrine. This shrine was bombed in 2006 in an attack by al-Qaida which unleashed a wave of sectarian bloodletting that claimed tens of thousands of lives. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraqi forces and mainly Shiite Muslim volunteers arrive in the predominantly-Sunni Muslim city of Samarra, 77 miles from Baghdad on July 2 to protect the Shiite Muslim Al-Askari shrine. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

On the propaganda and recruitment front, there are growing signs that the Islamic State (aka ISIS aka ISIL) has hit a wall. On the military front on the ground in Iraq, a top U.S. military leader said Thursday that Baghdad was holding up under the threat.

From the moment the Islamic State declared that it had established a caliphate, it divided Islamists. Most Muslims, it would appear, aren’t terribly interested in the Islamic State’s aims, and even fewer share their values. Even among extremist and jihadist figures, though, there are some who are supportive and some who are anything but.

Among the benefits for IS of the caliphate declaration: “The Islamic State knows it probably cannot create a caliphate, but simply saying as much benefits the group tactically: It stokes fears in the West and, considering it was announced during the first weekend of Ramadan, it appeals to Muslim sensibilities,” according to Stratfor.

But: Jamaa Islamiya, the Lebanese branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, went as far as to call IS’ maneuver “heresy.” A number of radical clerics have denounced the IS declaration of a caliphate. And the split with al-Qaida was precipitated, at least in part, over a dispute about establishing a caliphate. Intelwire’s J.M. Berger has a pretty pessimistic assessment of IS’ traction.

On top of that, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey said at a Pentagon news conference Thursday that based on early assessments from U.S. teams on the ground, things are moderately looking up for the Iraqi government’s conflict with IS:

“The Iraqi security forces are stiffening around Baghdad,” he said, referring to the incomplete reports from assessment teams. “But some initial insights are that the ISF is stiffening, that they’re capable of defending Baghdad, that they would be challenged to go on the offense, mostly logistically challenged.”

It’s far, far too early for anyone to predict with assurance which way all this will go — only that there are now signs of the tide being stemmed, when there were few if any before.

Comments (34)

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

author email

  1. George Kato

    July 6, 2014
    12:41 a.m.

    Here we find even more evidence of grisly violence by Hussein Obama’s Al Qaeda allies in Syria: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/01/al-qaeda-slaughters-syria-killing-fields-2014121112119453512.html

  2. Lopo

    Aug. 3, 2014
    4:03 a.m.

    I’m glad these bastards are hitting a wall.

  3. Anonymous

    July 7, 2015
    8:52 a.m.

    I in addition to my friends were following the best procedures located on your web page and then before long developed a terrible feeling I had not expressed respect to the web site owner for them. Those ladies ended up totally thrilled to see them and already have truly been having fun with them. We appreciate you indeed being simply helpful and for figuring out these kinds of very good information most people are really wanting to understand about. My honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  4. Anonymous

    July 9, 2015
    7:47 a.m.

    Definitely believe that which you said. Your favourite reason appeared to be at the net the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed whilst folks think about worries that they just do not understand about. You controlled to hit the nail upon the top and outlined out the whole thing with no need side-effects , other people can take a signal. Will likely be again to get more. Thanks

    http://lifestream.aol.com/stream/fmorenop40infoasistencia.com

  5. Anonymous

    July 12, 2015
    1:43 p.m.

    Hey, you used to write magnificent, but the last several posts have been kinda boring… I miss your tremendous writings. Past few posts are just a little bit out of track! come on!

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  6. Anonymous

    July 18, 2015
    7:14 a.m.

    You could certainly see your expertise within the paintings you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers like you who aren’t afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart. “Until you’ve lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was.” by Margaret Mitchell.

    http://wikilixodigital.ecomp.poli.br/wiki/index.php?title=Low_Cost_Auto_Insurance_Oklahoma

  7. Anonymous

    July 19, 2015
    11 a.m.

    I truly enjoy looking through on this website , it has wonderful content. “It is easy to be nice, even to an enemy – from lack of character.” by Dag Hammarskjld.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  8. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    2:26 a.m.

    Hi, Neat post. There is a problem with your website in web explorer, may check thisK IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a huge element of other people will pass over your magnificent writing because of this problem.

    http://lowcostautoquotes.com

  9. Anonymous

    July 21, 2015
    5:01 a.m.

    This design is spectacular! You obviously know how to keep a reader entertained. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Excellent job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

    http://lowcostautoquotes.com/lowest-auto-insurance.html

  10. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:20 a.m.

    you have a great blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

    http://split.us

  11. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    10:13 a.m.

    Great wordpress blog here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care

    http://split.us

  12. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    7:01 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great web site.

    https://bestplumbers.com

  13. Anonymous

    July 24, 2015
    9:36 p.m.

    I wanted to make a brief message to be able to thank you for these stunning tricks you are placing on this site. My time consuming internet lookup has now been honored with useful details to exchange with my neighbours. I ‘d declare that most of us visitors are truly blessed to exist in a remarkable community with so many outstanding individuals with great plans. I feel very fortunate to have come across your site and look forward to many more enjoyable times reading here. Thanks once more for all the details.

    https://bestplumbers.com

  14. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7:19 a.m.

    great submit, very informative. I ponder why the other experts of this sector don’t realize this. You must continue your writing. I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  15. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    7 p.m.

    I was curious if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images. Maybe you could space it out better?

    http://brooklynatlantis.poly.edu/view_profile.php?userid=32956

  16. Anonymous

    July 25, 2015
    9:29 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your web site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you¦ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What an ideal website.

    http://www.premed.fudan.edu.cn/premedforum/user/profile/316927.page

  17. Google

    July 26, 2015
    1:25 p.m.

    Sites of interest we’ve a link to.

  18. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    5:23 a.m.

    This web site is really a walk-through for all of the info you wanted about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse here, and you’ll definitely discover it.

    http://www.sdorttuiiplmnr.com/

  19. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    9:48 a.m.

    I like this site so much, saved to my bookmarks. “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” by Peter De Vries.

    https://www.pinterest.com/BikiniLuxe/agua-bendita-swimwear/

  20. Anonymous

    July 28, 2015
    12:30 p.m.

    Rattling excellent info can be found on weblog . “That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one’s mind when occasion demands it.” by Terence.

    https://www.pinterest.com/BikiniLuxe/agua-bendita-swimwear/

  21. Google

    July 29, 2015
    3:30 a.m.

    We came across a cool web site that you simply might enjoy. Take a appear if you want.

  22. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    1:23 p.m.

    I’m curious to find out what blog system you happen to be using? I’m experiencing some minor security issues with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

    http://brookereviews.com/product/0-6-pack-abs-review-tyler-bramlett-and-dr-vegher-does-0-6-pack-abs-really-work-or-just-a-scam/

  23. Anonymous

    July 30, 2015
    5:34 p.m.

    I¦ve recently started a web site, the info you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/0-6-pack-abs-review-tyler-bramlett-and-dr-vegher-does-0-6-pack-abs-really-work-or-just-a-scam/

  24. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    8:07 a.m.

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

    http://noclegzoliborz.pl/

  25. Anonymous

    July 31, 2015
    12:17 p.m.

    Good day very nice blog!! Guy .. Beautiful .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your site and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find a lot of helpful info right here in the put up, we need develop extra techniques in this regard, thank you for sharing.

    http://noclegzoliborz.pl/

  26. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    11:08 a.m.

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement? My website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any solutions to help reduce content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.

    http://www.consultdustry.com/send-resume/

  27. Anonymous

    Aug. 2, 2015
    1:54 p.m.

    Hi! Do you know if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers? I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve worked hard on. Any tips?

    http://www.consultdustry.com

  28. Google

    Aug. 4, 2015
    12:43 a.m.

    Here are some links to web pages that we link to for the reason that we think they are worth visiting.

  29. Anonymous

    Aug. 6, 2015
    9:07 a.m.

    You actually make it seem so easy along with your presentation but I find this topic to be really one thing that I feel I might by no means understand. It seems too complex and extremely large for me. I’m looking ahead on your next publish, I will try to get the hang of it!

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/compare-auto-insurance-rates-by-zip-code.html

  30. Anonymous

    Aug. 7, 2015
    4:58 a.m.

    Hi there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to give it a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Excellent blog and amazing design.

    http://quotesautoinsurance.org/compare-auto-insurance-rates-by-zip-code.html

  31. Anonymous

    Aug. 9, 2015
    10:08 p.m.

    I’ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this info So i am happy to convey that I’ve a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make certain to don’t forget this web site and give it a glance regularly.

    http://brookereviews.com/product/david-andrews-diabetes-destroyer-review-10-features-you-should-know/

  32. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    1:53 p.m.

    Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/companies-insurance-united-states.html

  33. Anonymous

    Aug. 12, 2015
    3:31 p.m.

    I like your writing style genuinely loving this site.

    http://topcheapinsurance.com/companies-insurance-united-states.html

  34. dragonball hentai

    Aug. 15, 2015
    4:53 p.m.

    Really appreciate you sharing this article.Much thanks again. Will read on…

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...