According to a recent article in The Guardian, the Iraqi military have "more than 250,000 frontline troops (not counting paramilitary police units), on paper at least"....and states that ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq number "around 7,000 but its numbers in Iraq appear to have been bolstered by other groups, including local Sunni militants and Ba'ath nationalists"...In addition, the Guardian article states "Two years ago a Kurdish official suggested the peshmerga numbered 190,000." These well-armed and trained Kurdish Peshmerga fighters may be the last hope for those in Iraq who dont care to fall under the rule of ISIS.
According to a recent Financial Times article, ISIS is fighting "intelligent campaigns...well-resourced, prepared, executed and adapted"....while the same article quotes "Patrick Skinner...(a former) Central Intelligence Agency (officer) who states “The Iraqi Security Forces [ISF] are mind-crushingly inept.”
The Guardian article cautions that "While (ISIS has)been able to operate easily in largely Sunni areas....alienated from the Shia-led government in Baghdad, the capital is a different proposition....Sadr City has a Shia population of some 1 million" indicating these Shia Muslims will not give up without a fight...most likely to the death.
Expect the partition of Iraq along the Shia/Sunni divide.It seems that Kurdish officials also have fun with numbers. To arrive at 190,000, the Kurds must be counting grandma,grandad and the kids since the Peshmerga is not the only Kurdish militant group and most of the Kurdish region is mountainous and sparsely settled.
exactly as ive stated my friend...the ISIS 'cakewalk' ends at the outskirts of Baghdad.....but dont expect the Shia in Baghdad to go out looking for a fight......unless theyre seriously provoked..as to the peshmerga, theyre trying to ensure their people are safe.....so it looks like right now well have three separate regions of influence...something ive stated many times over the past several years...sunni, shia, and kurd.....and if you look at history...well, those divisions have been there for centuries anyweays...
ISIS may have a larger problem with Saudi Arabia since declaration of a caliphate effectively declares the Saudi ruling family as illegitimate. And there's a new sheriff in town as the head of Saudi Arabia's CIA equivalent.