So much for the supposed 350 airstrikes against Islamic State jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The Kurdish town of Kobane, in northern Syria is poised to fall to ISIS, and now Baghdad, Iraq, has been surrounded. Much of Anbar province- Baghdad's back yard- is under ISIS control. If they capture all of all of it, including the city of Ramadi, Anbar's capital, this does not bode well for Baghdad and the 1,500 or so U.S. troops helping Iraqi forces there.
ISIS’s heightened activity led to speculation that the group’s offensive to control Kobane was only a decoy architectured by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed ISIS “caliph.”
Observers, the Telegraph reported, say that while an ISIS-controlled Kobane would not greatly benefit the group strategically, the capture of Ramadi and other cities in Anbar would, as it would be catastrophic for both the Iraqi government and the U.S.-led coalition hoping to contain the group.
According to an Iraqi official there are around 10,000 ISIS terrorists surrounding Baghdad. That's a mighty force.