War strategy in the Middle East may still conform
to those of the Afrika Korps and the Arab Legion,
but with some significant critiques.
Presently, there has been no utilization of such weapons as
helicopter gunships, or modern heavy tanks.
The introduction of shoulder-fired missiles prohibits
the use of these weapons.
These are also vulnerable to sandstorms which
gets in through the filters.
The main thing, though, was the utter disregard
for the benefits from battle strategies
such as the simple siege.
The reason for the extended life of the pseudo army
that is the ISIS is that it still enjoys an endless
supply of provisions and ammunition.
A siege of an area such as Mosul would surround the city
and their supply lines would be cut.
The idea is to block communication from the rear.
But then again, sieges are ancient strategy,
but they will still work.