|ISW image highlighting militant activity around Baghdad (click to enlarge)|
The position of the US in this uneasy alliance-of-sorts will likely spark much debate.
In my previous post, I talked a lot about artillery and its potential use by the militants. I would like to add that even though they may not have received formal training beforehand, ISIS and associates can still use indirect fire for their campaign. It's hard to accurately hit targets without proper artillery training, but if the militants have enough ammunition it may not matter. M198 artillery was spotted again yesterday in Mosul (via Twitter), but it is unclear if they are planning to incorporate it against Baghdad. Artillery barrages may not always be precise, but they can certainly damage morale. Attacking morale has been a strong point for ISIS.
|More armored vehicles in addition to towed artillery|