Despite the presidential assurance that the al-Qaeda terrorist organization is "decimated" and "on the run," members of the heavily armed Islamic jihadist group have fought their way to a mere 25 miles from the outskirts of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad, as reported by L'Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Jan. 16, 2014.
With Anbar comprising roughly one-third of the nation, al-Qaeda and their self-professed underlings in the ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) already control Iraq’s largest province.
As cited by AFP, situated at the far eastern edge of Anbar, al-Qaeda has taken all of the city of Fallujah, while government troops hold on to only parts of the provincial capital of Ramadi.
Many Western media outlets aren't mentioning that the distance from terrorist-controlled Fallujah to the outer traffic rings of Baghdad are a mere 20 minute drive eastbound on Highway 10.
Those That Don't Remember The Past...
Even though a small contingent United States Marines remained in South Viet-Nam to protect US installations, all other combat troops were withdrawn in March, 1973, never to place troops in-country ever again to battle the Communist North.
Two years and two months later, Saigon and the South Viet-Namese nation fell to the armies of North Viet-Nam.
America ceased combat operations in Iraq in August of 2010.
Barack Obama vowed both then and now to never place American troops in Iraq to battle the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.