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Washington must choose between us and Iran Thursday, 09 October 2014 22:13

-Al Arabiya, by Abdulrahman al-Rashed- Three years ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was a small pack of wolves made up of a few dozen members. However, the organization is now a herd of wolves comprised of around 30,000 fighters. The group’s ranks swelled due to the underestimation of it as a suicidal takfirist organization which adopted the luring slogan of fighting against the Syrian regime which has killed tens of thousands of civilians. This is how ISIS’s…
-The Guardian, By Cale Salih- Observing fighters for the Islamic State (Isis) march closer and closer toward the key Syrian town of Kobani over the past week has felt like watching a bitterly suspenseful action movie unfold. Unlike other central Syrian towns that have been pounded to the ground mostly out of sight, Kobani’s looming collapse sits in full view of anyone paying attention – journalists, refugees and Turkish military tanks planted over the border, just a couple of miles…

ISIL (ISIS) Is Not a Reason to Cozy Up to Iran Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:11

-By SEN. TED CRUZ- On Sept. 26, 2012, an American pastor named Saeed Abedini who was visiting family and fellow Christians in Tehran was dragged out of the private home he was staying in and hauled away to jail by Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Friday marked the second anniversary of his imprisonment, and for the last two years he has been beaten, abused and subjected to solitary confinement for weeks on end in Iran’s most notoriously dangerous prisons for the crime…
-By Gary Schmitt, David Adesnik, FoxNews-  “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” And this is no less true when it comes to how countries conduct their foreign policies.So, it should be no surprise then that, last week, Secretary of State John Kerry told the United Nations Security Council that in the fight against the Islamic State, “There is a role for nearly every country in the world to play, including Iran.” Just forty-eight hours later, Kerry met face to face with Iranian Foreign…
By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Saturday, September 20, 2014- Iran's secretive Quds force is becoming more active in Iraq along side Iraqi soldiers and militias battling the Islamic State terrorist group, as the Obama administration sends signals welcoming Tehran to the fight.A source close to the U.S. special operations community said some elite Quds forces were on the ground last month when Iraqis recaptured the strategic Mosul Dam from Islamic State fighters. The Iraqis were aided overhead by U.S. strike…
-By Lord Maginnis (Excerpts)- There is no doubt that the Islamic State (ISIL) - the nascent caliphate being set up by ultra-extremist fighters in Syria and Iraq - is a serious threat to all Western democracies and to the peace and stability of the world. All reasonable observers, of all whatever political hue, agree upon this fact. What is nonetheless a matter of dispute is how best to meet that threat. And far too many commentators are already committed to the notion…

Foreign Policy: All the Ayatollah's Men Friday, 19 September 2014 23:45

-Iraq's Shiite militias are becoming as great a danger as the Islamic State. BY PHILLIP SMYTH- Armed men posing with severed heads, massacres of mosque-goers during Friday prayers, massive reliance on transnational jihadists -- these are crimes that are usually associated with the Islamic State (IS). However, they're also the actions of some of Iraq's growing Shiite militia organizations, which are playing an increasingly prominent role in fighting the Sunni jihadists. These groups, many of which have deep ideological and organizational links…
BAGHDAD — Militia justice is simple، the fighters explained. “We break into an area and kill the ones who are threatening people،” said one 18-year-old fighter with Asaib Ahl al-Haq، a Shiite militia that operates as a vigilante force around Baghdad. Another 18-year-old fighter agreed. “We receive orders and carry out attacks immediately،” he said، insisting that their militia commanders had been given authority by Iraqi security officials. That free hand has helped make Asaib Ahl al-Haq the largest and most…
(ROLL CALL) -By Walid Phares- As Iraq teeters on disintegration, some on Capitol Hill are floating the idea of collaborating with Iran in order to defeat the threat posed by the terror group Islamic State (ISIS). But, would this really serve American interests? The suggestion is that the U.S. and Iran both regard ISIS as an enemy, and therefore are potential allies in the fight against it. As dangerous as ISIS is, our would-be partners in Tehran present an even greater…

The enduring short-sightedness of Iraq policies Thursday, 11 September 2014 21:38

(Aljazeera) A narrow focus on the Islamic State group and northern Iraq may lead to disaster - again. -By Lord Alex Carlile of Berriew- With Nouri al-Maliki out as prime minister of Iraq, is the country on the verge of entering into a new era of freedom and stability? Will Haider al-Abbadi truly prove to be the leader of a unity government that reaches out to the Sunnis, Kurds, and others who had been shut out by Maliki's Shia dictatorship? Will the…

US can’t trust Iran as partner in battling ISIS Thursday, 11 September 2014 12:24

-By General Hugh Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1997 to 2001-Part of President Obama’s solution to the Islamic State should be to “evict” Tehran and its militias from IraqThis week, President Obama announced his strategy for countering the threat of the Islamic State to the stability of the Middle East and, increasingly, to the US homeland. He offered a combination of tactics, including going on the offense to hunt down Islamic State members and assets, as well…

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