"Iraq's Shi'ite rulers defied Western calls on Tuesday to reach out to Sunnis to defuse the uprising in the north of the country, declaring a boycott of Iraq's main Sunni political bloc and accusing Sunni power Saudi Arabia of promoting “genocide.”
Washington has made clear it wants Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to embrace Sunni politicians as a condition of U.S. support to fight a lightning advance by forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) toward Baghdad, Reuters reported.
But the Shi'ite prime minister has moved in the opposite direction, announcing a crackdown on politicians and officers he considers “traitors” and lashing out at neighboring Sunni countries for stoking militancy." VOA
- Anyone who thinks that Maliki is going to give up his lifelong effort to "stick it to" Iraq's Sunni Arab population is deluded. He would rather lose the war and his life than do rhat.
- The map above depicts the supposed extent of the Islamist state that ISIS would create in parts of Syria and Iraq. I don't know what the source is for this map. It appeared in the Washington Post today,
-Fighting is ongoing in and around Baquba just north of Baghdad (37 miles). The situation is unclear.
- Rivals of the ISIS coalition now hold the border crossing between Syria and Iraq at Al Qaim. This is on the Euphrates River. Al Qaim area includes road junctions of considerable importance with good roads extending NW into Syria, North to Mosul and SE to Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar Province west of Baghdad. IMO the ISIS coalition must secure control of the Al Qaim area, pl