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18 January 2015

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Thomas

different clue,

The author reports the idea is in an incubation stage with this fledging of a democracy. The real problem as spelled out in the linked article is that they feel the US is dragging its feet on arms supplies and air strikes. I do find this man as a credible and informative journalist from Iraq.

Thomas

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq-Syria, that is until they take the rest of the peninsula.

Thomas

Globus,

Do you think Marie Antoinette and husband were insouciant too?

Thomas

WRC,

"Will China or Russia intervene in MENA with armed force?"

Only if it is in their national strategic interests to do so.

walter

Amir, the "root cause" is Zionist, US, British meddling in Middle East or as Ron Paul says simply, "They are over here (911) because we are over there".
911 would never have happened if US had been leaving them alone over there.

Fred

Globus,

They were not "Saint" Hilary's policies, they were and are the Obama administration's policies.

Charles I

No, although Russia is sorely pissed at the Afghan drug trade and I can imagine unilateral action in that regard in the next few years.

If the ME had more arable land or agricultural potential, judging by their recently displayed appetites in Africa and South America the Chinese would be interested.

bth

Special article from Reuters on the weak wheat planting for 2015 occurring in ISIL territories of Iraq and Syria.
http://news.yahoo.com/special-report-islamic-state-wheat-season-sows-seeds-101623044.html

Thomas

A report that Caliph Ibrahim got tagged by an airstrike according to the Iraqi PM.

"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been wounded in an airstrike in Iraq’s northwestern town of al-Qa’im along the border with Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper on Tuesday.

“His survival was a miracle,” said Abadi, adding that Baghdadi has since “moved to another location.”

The ISIS leader is “sometimes present in Mosul, but most of the time he’s in Syria, not Iraq,” the prime minster said.

The threat posed by ISIS has led to some countries, particularly in the West, muting their demands to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Abadi said."
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has been wounded in an airstrike in Iraq’s northwestern town of al-Qa’im along the border with Syria, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi told the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper on Tuesday.

“His survival was a miracle,” said Abadi, adding that Baghdadi has since “moved to another location.”

The ISIS leader is “sometimes present in Mosul, but most of the time he’s in Syria, not Iraq,” the prime minster said.

The threat posed by ISIS has led to some countries, particularly in the West, muting their demands to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Abadi said."

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/20/ISIS-leader-wounded-and-stays-mostly-in-Syria-says-Iraqi-PM.html


He also mentions the other Ibrahim, the King of Clubs, Izzat al-Douri. I still have a feeling he is either the main man behind the Islamic State, even though he belongs to the Naqshbandi Order, or is skillfully playing them until achieving the goals of the Sunni Arab Iraqis.

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