THE FALLOUT FROM MOSUL MAY REACH INDIA

With over 90000 troops advancing towards Mosul under American air power giving strategic support, it is a matter of not ‘will it fall’ but ‘when will it fall’. In Mosul there are around 6000 ISIS jihadis holed up with extensive defence arrangements. Part of this defence is the human shield. Around 800000 civilians live in Mosul.

ISIS is known for its barbarity and inhuman cruelty. Fears mount that it will deploy civilians in strategic places around ISIS fighters to weaken the moral resolve of the attacking army. The invading forces include Kurdish Peshmerga, Turkish forces, Iraqi Army, Iran backed Shia militia and US military advisors. Adversaries, some with century of hate and war against each other have come together to defeat ISIS. It is a ‘regional’ international force brought together by deft diplomacy and hard work by the Americans. More…

CO-CO POP WAR

On Thursday morning leading newspapers in India carried pictures of fighter jets with captions ‘surgical strikes’. By Thursday evening Pakistani newspapers were laughing off the ‘surgical’ strike as publicity farce dismissing them as routine retaliatory ground skirmish. By afternoon the jets had gone out of pictures and replaced by Indian Jawans with guns. By early Friday morning, newspapers on both sides were reporting that 1 Indian soldier had been captured, some 8 Indian soldiers had died and about 2 Pakistani soldiers killed. By Friday afternoon opinion articles in India were concentrating on diplomatic victory but also asking for return of ‘our soldier’! More…