Once again, they’ve left behind rich spoils — ranging from tanks to tinned beans. Once again, the brutal jihadists are seizing cities and claiming fresh ground. What’s happened? Three months ago, Islamic State was supposed to be on its knees.
Its second-in-command, Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Waduli, was killed in an air attack. Iraqi Government forces recaptured the city of Tikrit. The siege of the Kurdish city of Kobane turned into a meat-grinder. The sniper bullets of female Peshmerga fighters and the laser-guided munitions of Coalition combat jets cut a swathe through the Sunni warriors.