By Mark Ellis, Special to ASSIST News Service
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (ANS – August 11, 2015) — Oliver North, the former Marine Corps lieutenant colonel turned political commentator and military analyst, presented a five-point plan to defeat Islamic State in an August 10th appearance on Fox.
“Number one, directly arm the Kurds, the Christian brigades of the Peshmerga, and work with the Sunni National Salvation Front with Mudhar Shawkat through Jordan,” he stated.
Iraq’s first Christian-only brigade of regular forces launched in March to help retake towns and villages from ISIS. Called the “Tiger Guards,” they answer to the government of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. The brigade was formed out of the remnants of an Assyrian force established in 2004 to protect churches in the region.
Mudhar Shawkat, a former member of the Iraqi Parliament, established the National Salvation Front in 2014, a Sunni political party dedicated to defeating Islamic State.
“Number two, put more U.S. intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, search and rescue aircraft in Jordan, not just in Turkey. Put a carrier strike group in the Mediterranean, along with a Marine Air-Ground Task Force, because the flaccid way we’re using our air power makes us look impotent,” North said.
“Number three, put U.S. advisors, forward air controllers and JTACs on the ground with the Kurds, the National Salvation Front, and the Iraqi Army, but not the Iranian Shiite militias.”
JTAC, Joint terminal attack controller, is the term used for the person who directs the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position.
North also pointed to Anbar province as a key focus. “Number four, provide logistics support for an Egyptian, Jordanian, Sunni force to go into western Anbar province. That’s the key to the Sunni heartland of Iraq, to secure the Euphrates River valley not just from ISIS, but from the Iranians,” he noted.
Photo caption: Lt. Col. Oliver North, who was one of the main figureheads of the “arms for hostages” deal, testifying on Capitol Hill on July 7, 1987 before the joint House Senate panels investigating the Iran-Contra affair.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is senior correspondent for the ASSIST News Service and also the founder of www.Godreports.com , a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world to build interest and involvement in world missions.
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