Civil War in Iraq and as-Sham
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RE: Civil War in Iraq and as-Sham
I thought this was a very interesting detail:

Hezbollah and Iran excluded from US terror repor

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2015 Mar 18 15:08
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Thomas Friedman asks if US should arm ISIS to fix problems created by policies he supported

When it comes to what the US should do in the Middle East, it's a matter of Friedman vs. Friedman

“Should we be arming ISIS?”

That’s the question New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman poses today, writing that while he loathes the terrorist group, also known as the Islamic State, it’s not as if the Shiite militias fighting ISIS in Iraq would govern much better:

O.K., so we learn to live with Iran on the edge of a bomb, but shouldn’t we at least bomb the Islamic State to smithereens and help destroy this head-chopping menace? Now I despise ISIS as much as anyone, but let me just toss out a different question: Should we be arming ISIS? Or let me ask that differently: Why are we, for the third time since 9/11, fighting a war on behalf of Iran?

In 2002, we destroyed Iran’s main Sunni foe in Afghanistan (the Taliban regime). In 2003, we destroyed Iran’s main Sunni foe in the Arab world (Saddam Hussein). But because we failed to erect a self-sustaining pluralistic order, which could have been a durable counterbalance to Iran, we created a vacuum in both Iraq and the wider Sunni Arab world. That is why Tehran’s proxies now indirectly dominate four Arab capitals: Beirut, Damascus, Sana and Baghdad. (...)

http://www.salon.com/2015/03/18/thomas_f...supported/

Scores killed in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

At least 90 people killed and 280 injured as three blasts target two mosques in central Sanaa.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/su...44485.html

https://twitter.com/AP/status/578926662831706112

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2015 Mar 20 15:56
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^I think Thomas Friedman is asking "but is it good for the Jews?".

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2015 Mar 21 01:36
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It seems the city of Idlib has fallen to al Nusra front.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32100644

We must dissent.

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2015 Mar 28 16:33
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RE: Civil War in Iraq and as-Sham
Aron Lund ponders the significance and implications of the fall of Idlib:

http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/syrian-...aron-lund/

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"The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage."
Thucydides

“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
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On Independence Day, moderate Syrian rebels send warm wishes

Free Syrian Army hopes to celebrate 68th anniversary at ‘Israel’s embassy in Damascus’

http://www.timesofisrael.com/on-independ...rm-wishes/


Assad’s hold on power looks shakier than ever as rebels advance in Syria

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/midd...id=HP_more

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“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
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RE: Civil War in Iraq and as-Sham
Iraqis abandoned US-supplied equipment in Ramadi
https://news.yahoo.com/fall-ramadi-raise...itics.html

ISIS seizes control of two gas fields near Palmyra
https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/m...ar-palmyra

ISIS Movement Footage 'Inaccurate,' Obama Administration Officials Tell TV Networks
http://www.ibtimes.com/isis-movement-foo...ks-1921681

Top Democrat sounds ‘alarm bells’ over Obama rhetoric on Islamic State
https://www.yahoo.com/politics/top-democ...03841.html

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“My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Carl Schurz

"Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms."
Aristotle

"Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must." Thucydides
2015 May 20 01:04
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Iraqi PM urges Russia to boost role in fighting ISIS
http://news.yahoo.com/iraqi-pm-russia-ur...28024.html

Russia ready to help Iraq defeat Islamic State: Lavrov
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKB...1?irpc=932

I'm guessing there will likely be direct coordination between the Assad government, Hezbollah, and the Iraqi government, now. Hopefully Russian air strikes and special forces coordination, as well. But with NATO problems in the west I think their hands are tied.

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