"General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Iraq's government must be ready to arm Sunni tribes as a precondition for getting outside advisers into the western Iraqi province.
Washington hopes Iraq's government can rebuild the shaky alliance with Sunni tribes, particularly in Anbar which is now mostly under the control of Islamic State.
Asked about recent gains in Anbar by the militants and their executions of tribesmen in the past week, Dempsey said: "That's why we need to expand the train, advise and assist mission into ... al Anbar province."
"But the precondition for that is that the government of Iraq is willing to arm the tribes," Dempsey told a Pentagon news conference." Reuters
Is this a joke? The world seems to reflect the projections in the first SST war game.
The Shia government in Baghdad that the US created in the aftermath on our invasion NEVER HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SUNNI TRIBES OF ANBAR. US Special Forces and USMC had the relationship, one that the arch courtier Petraeus latched onto when he saw it worked. The post-grad students running foreign policy in Washington pissed that relationship away when they abandoned the Sunni tribes as part of their dream-world fantasy of a united Iraq, bound together by the results of purple thumbed elections.
Now, the ISniks are hammering home the lesson of their remorseless reaction to resistance. They are teaching through terror that the tribes should not expect help from the US. They teach that lesson by murdering all who in any way displease them. How many hundreds of men, women and children have they killed in the last week? The lesson is clear. Submit or die.
While this goes on, the Obama Administration dithers and waits for a miracle to occur, a miracle in which the Shia decide to share power with the Sunni Arabs. This miracle will NEVER happen.
How long does Dempsey think he has before all is lost in Anbar? How long? pl
"The United Nations has warned that foreign jihadists are swarming into the twin conflicts in Iraq and Syria on “an unprecedented scale” and from countries that had not previously contributed combatants to global terrorism.
A report by the UN security council, obtained by the Guardian, finds that 15,000 people have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside the Islamic State (Isis) and similar extremist groups. They come from more than 80 countries, the report states, “including a tail of countries that have not previously faced challenges relating to al-Qaida”." Guardian
IMO there will be a larger and larger stream of such mujahid wannabees. This is something like the flocking of leftists to Spain in the 30s for the purpose of fighting for the Spanish Republic and against Franco's brand of right wing nationalism. In IS a lot of disoriented young Muslims see a chance to fight for something they find compelling. In a world-wide population of over a billion and a half Muslims, even a very small percentage will produce a few hundred thousand volunteers. Britt Hume, the faux news anchor, asked me soon after 9/11 how many suicide bombers the jihadis could muster. I told him "thousands." He scoffed. pl
"Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman of Israel said in a statement Thursday that the decision by the Swedish government to recognize a Palestinian state was unfortunate and would strengthen radical elements and Palestinian recalcitrance.
“The Swedish government must understand that relations in the Middle East are more complex than one of Ikea’s flat-pack pieces of furniture, and would do well to act with greater sensitivity and responsibility,” he said.
Israel said it was recalling its ambassador to Sweden to Jerusalem for consultation, according to Paul Hirschson, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokesman. “It’s an expression of a certain level of upset from our side,” he said." NY Times
They are upset? Soon they will be far more upset when France recognizes Palestine and then others across the world follow. This will surely be followed by pursuit of action by the State of Palestine in the international courts against the State of Israel and named persons for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Indictments would result in travel difficulties and the possibility of arrest on non-Israeli territory. pl