The terrorist group formerly called “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”, “Al-Nusra Brigade”, “Free Syrian Army” and their faux designer franchise knockoff’s are called, “Boko-Haram” in Nigeria, and “Al-Shabbab” in Kenya; are all drawn from the same Salafist pool, whose stated goal is to create a global Caliphate and fly the black flag under the new banner: ISIS [Islamic State Iraq Syria].
ISIS originates with splintering recruits from groups that had Saudi and US support to overthrow the Assad Regime and de-stabilize the region. The greater appeal for Jihad came, in part, from the notion of creating the Caliphate stretching from the East across North Africa, into Spain and parts of Europe.
ISIS made stunning strides in Iraq due in part to the fact that they were essentially unopposed. They robbed one bank seizing a reported half billion dollars in cash and gold. They captured Iraqi cities and Iraqi military weapons. They routed Iraqi military forces and are now entrenched in those captured areas.
Why didn’t they stay the course in Syria and fight there? Unreported in Western media until now is that they were suffering defeats when faced by a private security force which was hired by the Assad regime and companies with an interest in protecting the flow of oil and trade.
This private security force are from a Russian security firm that assembled what is called the “Slavic Corps“. According to some sources two-hundred professional fighters comprising the “Slavic Corps” are composed of Russian Cossacks among others. They destroyed three-hundred of the Free Syrian Army invaders, composed primarily of foreign jihadists, while only sustaining seven wounded in battle.
In an interview with one of the “Slavic Corps” members he said: “Large field between Latakia and Tartous is surrounded by barbed wire. Syria has its reservists there, and also there is our battalion. Previously, it was the race track. We housed in former stables. By October, there were 267 people from the “Slavic Corps”, split into two companies. One company was staffed with Cossacks from the Kuban, the other people from all over Russia, from St. Petersburg we had 10 – 12 people. As the commanders said, the number of men in the Corps in Syria is expected to reach 2 thousand people.”
Their primary job was to protect the oil fields and convoys. As reported, when the Syrian Army forces got into trouble, their forces deployed to their aid, supporting them and assisting them in destroying that FSA attack as well.
In the face of a U.S. Foreign Policy stymied by political indecision and a lack of will to destroy this threat to American interests as well as the logistics which would hinder military intervention, it is apparent that engaging private security forces might be the most effective means to destroy all of the ISIS threats in one fell swoop. Should Iraq and Jordan consider engaging similar professional security groups in the same manner they could well be able to protect their vital economic interests and inject into this terrorist equation a formidable brigade of professionals that would free up their own military forces to do whatever it is that they can do best in support.
ISIS and other similar groups grow because politically driven military forces are stymied by their politically cautious administrators. In the fluid pace of the battlefield, ISIS propagandist are deft at manipulating public opinion through main stream media, reeling policy makers back on their heels. Thus, ISIS continues to advance and exercise a brutality against civilians and captives not seen since the Ottoman wars against Christendom.
What the “Slavic Corps” proved beyond any doubt is that a professional security group can do much to destroy such terrorists groups. These terrorist groups are not seasoned professionals; they are hastily trained fanatics intending to commit suicide by “Jihad.” What a professional security force group will do is oblige them. Paraphrasing General Patton, the object is not to die for one’s country but to make the enemy die for his.
CNN reported what it might take to beat ISIS. The West led by a disengaged American administration which is turning a blind eye to the painfully obvious about what 267 members of the “Slavic Corps” did to these very same terrorists in Syria and failing to support what could be repeated in Iraq, Nigeria, Kenya etc to utterly destroy ISIS, is tantamount to suicide by stupidity.
The other side of the analysis is that of waiting too long until an inevitable terrorist attack from ISIS hits the homeland or sustained attacks occur against vital economic interests on the Arabian peninsula. That will inevitably create such a vortex as to irresistibly draw in the international powers which, vying to protect their oil resources, may ignite a conflagration with ISIS that could engulf the globe.
Presently the job of stopping ISIS while it is relatively contained is a job for security professionals fully capable of destroying a well-funded organization of religious fanatics. However, once they grow to the extent that they can commit an act of war against the U.S., then they will have elevated themselves from criminal terrorists to the recognition of a legitimate State.
That is their goal, no matter how much blood they feel they have to shed to achieve it. The United States should tarry no longer to reward them with defeat at great cost to our nation in the future, when this group can be terminated with prejudice now.