GALIWAN, Iraq – A convoy of buses on the road to Galiwan, Iraq, is not filled with happy campers on their way to the casinos.
They’re filled with Syrians who are taking a big gamble that they can find safety and shelter in a refugee camp in Iraq.
So far this week, about 600 people have left their homes in Kobani where coalition air strikes and Kurdish troops may, or may not, be keeping fighters from Islamic State from taking over the town.
Despite all of Kobani’s smoke and refugees, the Pentagon says the coalition is making life hard for ISIS, or ISIL, in Syria and Iraq.
“There are areas where we're having success, we have definitely made it harder for ISIL to sustain itself and to operate,” said Pentagon spokesperson, Rear Adm. John Kirby.
Yes, but no. In the same briefing, Kirby told reporters: "It's important for people to understand, Kobani could still fall. It could very well still fall."
Over in Iraq, ISIS fighters continue their march to Baghdad. ISIS has taken in an Iraqi military base ten miles northwest of Ramadi in Anbar province, which is west of Baghdad.
Baghdad is also coming under direct attack. A suicide car bombing killed 21 people in a Shiite neighborhood. A member of Iraq’s parliament was among the dead.
ISIS apparently didn’t get the Pentagon memo that the terror group is having a hard time killing its enemies.