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Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely: ISIS 'On Target' for 2015 Expansion

By    |   Monday, 05 January 2015 01:03 PM

The Islamic State (ISIS) is on target to expand the caliphate it is attempting to establish, and stronger leadership is needed to fight the jihadist group, says retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely.

"They're right on their target, it looks like, for 2015, to continue to expand that caliphate," Vallely told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Monday.

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The retired general says that a big question right now is what ISIS will "do with that Jordanian pilot that was captured after the plane went down." The F-16 was downed on Dec. 24 while flying a mission on behalf of the U.S.-led airstrikes. ISIS has already used hostage Moaz al-Kassasbe in videos and a propaganda magazine.

According to Vallely, ISIS' next target "will be the eastern part of Jordan, to draw down and eliminate the borders there as part of the Levant and the caliphate."

"They'll continue to make a statement by beheading and by torturing anybody that's captured for political purposes, and, of course, that's why they use these kidnapped hostages, these victims over there to their advantage," he explained.

One of the problems going on is that the Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, which have been fighting ISIS, "continue to need support from us, but they're not getting it from the Iraqi government," which Vallely says is mainly because "the Iraqis don't want a strong Kurdistan because they don't want to see a sovereign nation up there."

This is coupled with the U.S. strategy, which "is to support the Iraqi government based out of Baghdad and the Iraqi forces."

While the U.S. government has sent some equipment and vehicles "to the Kurdistan area . . . they're very limited in what they get compared to what the Iraqi army is getting."

"They are good people, strong fighters, but they need our support," he told Newsmax.

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"The Brits are helping them in some way with some of the weapon systems and ammunition, but they need a lot more help up there because they're the strong force in the north," he explained.

Vallely contends that "there will continue to be a lack of a forward strategy on the part of the Obama administration."

"The regional powers over there are looking for some leadership, as they don't seem to possess it to any degree, other than Iran," he explained.

The U.S. effort against ISIS is "going to be more passive, we'll continue to do some airstrikes — it won't be all that effective."

However, the retired general says that he still "wouldn't risk another ounce of American blood until we have a stronger leadership and a forward strategy to win and defeat ISIS over there."

One interesting factor in the fight against ISIS is "how Iran is so quiet about what they're doing in Iraq to support the Iraqi government, especially the Iranian revolutionary core over there."

"Look for more advanced measures and steps by Iran in developing a counter to the ISIS forces there," he added.

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