1] XVIII Airborne Corps Commander General Townsend takes command of CJTF-OIR ops against Daesh head-choppers. http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/the-isis-war-has-a-new-commander-and-isis-may-be-the-least-of-his-worries?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20Campaign&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report
I am not a fan of command rotation. MacFarland seemed to be doing well. Why change?
Here is a recent bio of Townsend: http://www.bragg.army.mil/leaders/Pages/CommandingGeneral.aspx
2] August 24th is the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Dabiq Meadow, which led to the Ottoman annexation of Syria. The battle was a masterpiece of deception by Selim the first. It was infamous for the treachery of the Mamluk’s allies. And the apparent stroke of the Mamluk Sultan in the middle of the battle is a acclamation for General George C Marshall’s insistence that combat commanders have youth and stamina.
3] The Kurds and Assad’s forces have been fighting in Hasaka City. Lots of conflicting accounts of what is going on there. The Americans ’reportedly’ sent in F-22s to keep Assad’s Air Force from repeating their bombing of Kurdish areas. The Russians ‘reportedly’ negotiated a cease fire between the YPG and Assad’s troops. But the Kurds are ‘reportedly’ still taking over Syrian government positions.