The situation with Islamic State seems to be ebb and flow…
Kobani – where much of the worlds attention, has seemed to fall into a stagnant situation, with neither side able to muster an offense.
Before Kobani – was the incident of the exodus of Yazidi and other minorities to Mount Sinjar.
Since those tragic scenes, people on the mount have ironically been safe- yet held captive because IS forces encircled the Mount.
However, these last few days Kurdish forces have made a significant victory in breaking that siege.
Thousands of displaced people now have a potential way off the mountain and try to reach family and friends – predominately in Kurdistan where most fled back in August when the siege began.
The US who is leading coalition forces against IS says that the terror group has been weakened and are losing moral. Yesterday several high-ranking IS fighting figures were killed in Coalition bombings in Iraq.
But with the success in the north – the large area of the Anbar province is not bringing good news.
Iraqi forces have been encircled on a base by IS and lost in a mere four hours what took them two weeks of fighting to gain.
This is a blow to the steps forward made by the Iraqi military.
Soldiers complained that they lacked Coalition air support and were forced to pull back to Ain al-Asad airbase.
Some of the deadliest fighting has taken place in the region and more than half a million people have been forced to flee their homes.
The Iraqi forces were hoping to gain control of a supply route run between IS in Syria, and IS on the outskirts of Iraq's capital Baghdad.
Now, with these men trapped on this major base, it becomes a desired target for IS to regain it's military prowess – a potential major victory for the Islamic State.
Middle East Correspondent