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Trump Administration Found “Huge Gaps” In Obama’s White House Plan To Retake ISIS Self-Proclaimed Capital Of Raqqah – WSJ

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Trump Administration Found "Huge Gaps" In Obama's White House Plan To Retake ISIS Self-Proclaimed Capital Of Raqqah - WSJ

U.S. special operations forces are seen in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa on May 25, 2016. Delil Souleiman, AFP

The plan of an assault of Raqqah, the ISIS self-proclaimed capital in Syria, prepared by the Obama administration has included “huge gaps” and the Trump administration is going to revise it instead of implementing it.

The Washington Post reports:

So on Jan. 17, just three days before the transfer of power, Obama directed his national security adviser to hand over to the Trump team a paper detailing the plan to arm the Kurds, including talking points that President Trump could use to explain the move to Turkey’s president, who officials knew would be furious. The Turks viewed the Kurdish fighters as terrorists and their No. 1 enemy.

Obama hoped that his last-minute preparations would clear the way for Trump to authorize a swift assault on the Islamic State’s most important stronghold, where U.S. intelligence officials say militants are plotting attacks outside Syria.

Instead of running with the plan, Trump’s national security team deemed it wholly insufficient and swiftly tossed it.

To the incoming Trump administration, Obama’s approach was so incremental and risk-averse that it was almost certain to fail. “They provided the information, but we found huge gaps in it,” said a senior Trump administration official who reviewed the document. “It was poor staff work.”

Instad of this, the Trump administration will develop a new plan, according to the Washington Post:

The Obama plan required U.S. forces to train the Kurds in using the new equipment and fighting in a densely packed city, but it lacked details about how many U.S. troops would be required and where the training would take place, the Trump administration official said. Trump officials said they were dismayed that there was no provision for coordinating operations with Russia and no clear political strategy for mollifying the Turks.

Nor were there contingency plans if the Kurdish attack stalled, the senior Trump administration official said.

“What bothered us most of all was that there was no Plan B,” the Trump official said.

To the Trump team, it seemed that Obama administration officials had delayed authorizing the plan because they knew it was inadequate and did not want to be held responsible, the official said.

Trump Administration Found "Huge Gaps" In Obama's White House Plan To Retake ISIS Self-Proclaimed Capital Of Raqqah - WSJ

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Hisham Saber

What right does the U.S. military have to be on Syrian soil? They are neither invited by the Syrian government, nor mandated by the U.N. Its a flagrant violation of Syria’s national integrity. It’s a violation of international law, oh wait, the U.S. military are experts at that, just like Israhell.

Trustin Judeau

There is no international law.It is pure fraud.On paper exist,but on reality is nowhere to be seen.


Indeed. International Law equates to anything the US doesn’t like and being an exceptional nation such law doesn’t apply to the US anyway.

Hisham Saber

Your right. If there was, Israhell would not be in violation of some 70 U.N. Resolutions, Geneva Conventions and norms. I wonder why the U.N. doesn’t get an international military coalition and force Israhell to comply, as they did with Yugoslavia and Iraq. Hypocrites. What a double standard.


They don’t because the US currently funds 25 percent of the UN…but that may be about to change.


John Brennan, Obama’s head of Pentagon, used ISIS as a convenient cover for USAF to violate Syrian airspace and bomb Syrian infrastructure for years, to try and force out Assad by destroying state public services/ assets and disrupting civil population.

Brad Isherwood

US want to be in Syria politically Hisham. They get this thru the Kurds and The Free Syrian whatever Army. US NGOs,USAID (CIA)…then work to undermine the central government and lay foundation For future color revolution/coup….with Rigged elections vouched for by Monitors serving the UN. Afterwards….they can change legislations which permit Monsanto GMO which Assad Refused…. To a pipeline route from Saudi/Qatar to Turkey……which Assad refused

Russia and Iran appear confident they can derail that game. US/Israel frustrations ….will be taken out on Iran.

Hisham Saber

Brad, you are absolutely correct, and I agree with you. However, there is not much U.S. and/or Israel can do to Iran. Iran is very powerful and has powerful allies, China, Russia, Pakistan etc….Israel and Saudi Arabia can cry all they want. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f630c191ddfabbec042218bb8c87ab73b29acde60495f65236bda428bb3e361.png

Brad Isherwood

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Hisham Saber

Thanks for the Laughs Brad. Bravo, super !

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Brad Isherwood

Hi Hisham….ya….with Jews ya loose.

Only recently have I been posting about the Vatican/Jesuit….Church Universal/ Roman Empire. It’s the real and first True power which has influenced the direction of humanity.

The Colonial periods find the Pope casting Papal Bull over the New World, While Pirates ( Masonic/Templar and Privateer for the Crown of England ) Raiders the Pope’s New World concessions.

Rule Britannia and Empire….yet Rothschilds backed numerous players in Napoleon Era wars. Even controlling the Venetian Bankers City of London for a time.

The US CIA is WW 2 OSS and Ratline Nazi. …then NASA appears, …and the MIC …and ya….the US has Legions of military around the globe, …

It’s Ancient Rome on Steroids!

The f’n Jews are in the show. …it’s not like the old days when Rome foot was on Jewish necks. Jews have moved up the Pyramid tiers via banking and extortion.

The recent coup of the Ukraine with Euro Sanctions on Russia, That’s Vatican vs the Orthodox of Russia…

Hisham Saber

Brad, you pretty much summed it up. Heres what I think.

Start with this; the U.S. (and a majority of its western lackeys/vassals) is/are ruled by Evangelicals and Jews who basically believe in a ideology of supremacy, ‘chosenness’ and exclusivity to rule over humanity. This inherently racist ideology isnt new, it been around and attempted for milleniums, except just in the last 100 or so years, evangelical’s came on board. Thus we have Christian Zionism. These people will not rest till their nefarious agenda of world domination is achieved. Even if it comes to WW3 ( which will be conventional, not nuclear). They have Russia, China, Iran, Arabs (who havent submitted to them) etc in their cross-hairs.

I wont go back that far, but this said ideology brought us WW1, the Bolshevik Revolution (vast majority of leadership, Cheka secret police, Red-Terror agent and Gulag bosses happen to be international Jews), WW2 and now the mess the world is in now.

Educate yourself, for the truth will set you free. Do some research…read the Talmud, its all there.

Btw, I am not anti-semitic(for whatevetr that means) because that would make me a self-hating semitic Arab, since Arabs are true semites. 90% of the worlds Jews today are of Eastern European and Russian extraction. They are not semites and this can be proven today through DNA and genetics. But these people have a way of turning everything upside-down. Right is wrong and vice versa.

The late Jamal Abdel Nasser(former President of Egypt) gave a speech where he said to the Jews of Israel(squatting in Palestine)…” You left dark(brown), and you came back white(European) ; we cant accept that” .

So here we are.

Let me tell you a little bit about Ukraine today. Victoria Nuland (together with husband Robert Kagan-one of the authors of the notorious policy paper ‘Project for the New American Century’, google it-are die hard warmongers, blood lusters) is the State Department head for European Affairs, and happens top be both Jewish and Zionist; spent 5 billion of our taxpayer money instigating and succeeding in bring about a coup in the Ukraine. The Ukrainian ringleaders who carried out the coup and installed themselves(after being vetted by Victoria Nuland) are all Jewish. As a matter of fact, recently the Leader of the breakaway provice of Donetsk called them ” Miserable Jews”. He would know.

Here is another bit of fact about the out of control policy of our government. Do you know why our Ambassador to Libya got killed (along with three CIA spooks) in Benghazi? He was caught up in a dark world of arms smuggling. Thats right. He was involved with shady groups in Libya who got a hold of Gaddafi’s weapon warehouses and bought the weapons from them so he and his spooks could funnel these weapons to terror groups(there are no moderate terrorists in Syria, thats baloney)so they could terrorize and kill innocent Syrians. And our government has been at it ever since.

Just the other month, The Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. (sic) disclosed a list of 14 foriegn agents captured by the Syrian Arab Army in a bunker in Aleppo, and what do you know; one was an American, one was Israeli and the others a motley bunch mostly from Saudi nArabvia.

These are just small examples of stuff our media deosnt disclose to us but lies, and spins more lies. Confusing the helll out of the populace.

Back to the nefarious so called Jews, Zionists, Neo-cons, Neolib cons, Khazars, Ashkanazi’s…you pick.

Here are links for you to look at and decide for yourself if they are not controlling things ; endangering America and the world at large.

Here., take a look.

After this quote, you will find the lists; see how they are subverting America, once the beacon of Democracy respected by the whole world. No more my friend. Those days are gone, thanks to them :

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through…all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero

Brad Isherwood

An excellent descriptive timeline Hisham. My Experten is in ancient cultures like Early Dynastic Egypt, Sumer,Akkad, Assyria,Babylon and Indus. The various Oligarchy of those ages…with secret society. ..Sun Cult worship, And the various regional gods which were worshipped, This all moves forward towards Roman Empire.

The planet was tumbled in a series of catastrophe from the Ice age ending Era Circa 12,000bc +/- some 1000s of years. World oceans as marked by USGS…rose near 400ft… The Giant races survived thru this period…. Mound builder culture America is coast to coast with 100,000 mounds And Giant skeletons. .. The Smithsonian and US have labored to remove that physical evidence. Richard Dewhurst – The Giants which Ruled America. ..is an awesome resource. Giants with elongated skulls on Malta, …the Paracas Skulls (elongated ) Found by Arthur Posnansky at Tiwanaku in the Andes,…dated to 13,000bc And suggested to be a race of giants going back 30,000bc. There are even Giants on Easter Island in the Pacific!.

So….a global race of Giants building huge Pyramids ,Temples…using high knowledge In the sciences. ..stellar cartography. .. Gobekli Tepe is 9000 bc with 21 ring groups of huge megalithic blocks with Zodiac and Constellations etched on them, They also align Solstice and moon phases…

Humanity has come thru incredible dramas of Celestial danger and socio conflict Going back 12,000 years. The Muslim scholars forward that the Great Pyramid in Egypt was covered by waters 2/3rd s the height. ..that the ancient waterline was visible on the Pyramids outer Casing. Have a look at this information….. http://www.gigalresearch.com/uk/publications-surroundings-of-the-sphinx.php

Returning to our time… Numerous powers move and position in arrangements. .. The goal of Dominion. …..is Everything. Israel….having been defeated by Assyria, Babylon…then the Greeks…then Rome, Is obsessed with winning to clear the slate. The Church Universal /Rome…having the advantage of Authority and Dominion over ages….allows the Jews to have leverage, … That’s why the Vatican does not suppress the Christian fundamental /Zionist Thing in America. America’s military Legions are fanatic Christian. ..regardless…or like Templar Mercinary. .. Why fight that. …use that!

Islam has been fighting the Crusaders since 6th Century. The in house Islamic struggle is a journey. ..as recent 1920 forward Wahhabist from Egypt and British MI6…passed on to post WW 2 CIA, Is Not** the socio heart of regular Sunni ,Shia or Sufi. Islam is now dragged into crisis which it really does not want. They are pushed and pushed by the Jews. …by the Church of Rome, And the Financial opportunists of the Colonial oil Era.

If Islam could withdraw and have conference**… on the future, They could unite…and roll over the Miserable House of Saud,the Jews and the Platform shoe midget of Jordan.

SISI of Egypt tumbled the kook MB and America……regained Egypt, Who have now distanced themselves from the shitty House of Saud and GCC.

It can happen. …Islamic nations can break the cycle. Iraq wants too… Iran has attacked no one since 1776.

My hope is that Russia and Silk Roads can enable the ME towards new opportunity. With education and socio freedom setting the regions people free of false Imperative to conquest.


I trust the WP as much as I do CNN or FOX, that means zero. Trump would not care what the Sultan cares for, he made that clear with the bans and could be future Muslim Brotherhoods labeled terrorists group. Of coarse I can believe wanting more Russian cooperation.

chris chuba

It rings true, it has all of the characteristics of a U.S. plan. 1. wishful thinking. 2. ignoring risks. 3. lack of completeness. 4. contradictions.

Even if Raqqa falls, the head choppers have other places in Syria to flee to (see 3), the Kurds lack motive for urban warfare of an Arab city (see 1, 2), ignoring Turkey’s reaction and leaving Al Qaeda in NE Syria (see 2/4).

Hisham Saber

The Kurds are Waaayyy overestimated. They really aren’t that impressive.


Hisham Saber is completely right !, but the EMPIRE is the empire, it does need permission of anybody to do whatever it wants to do, just like Rome of any primitive empire, and allow to its friend (Israel) to do also whatever it wants.


The capture of the tabqa Dam, if successful, would be a huge win. It represents billions of dollars of investment in hydroelectric power and expanded agricultural farmland by thousands of hectares.

ISIS is not going to just hand it over. They will destroy it if they are going to lose it. They will evacuate forces from the floodplain of Raqqa and let the water hit deir Ezzor. The water will flood villages all the way to Iraq.


The Trump admin needs to toss EVERYTHING the obama admin hands over. It’s ALL a setup, as they found out in Yemen.

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