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AFP – Sunni militants led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control of an Iraq-Syria border crossing after Syrian rebels withdrew overnight, security officers and witnesses said.
The sources said insurgents took control of the Al-Qaim border crossing, one of three official border points between Iraq and Syria, after gunmen linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front left.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: Swills
Swills, I got a question…
some smarter people than I on here have surmised that this "cross border" thing is going to be used, is being used to lend causation sympathy to a back door way of bombing targets in Syria (read that Assad targets in Syria). I have been away and wanted to know what you or anyone thinks about that idea.
Byt the way, interesting photo in the link you provided. You can click on and zoom it…
They don't give a poop about lives or freedom, they want whatever it is that they want.
Pointing the finger at Syria is cheap, huh? Why would the FSA come cross to free Iraq when they can't free Syria? Nothings changed with the overall plan to dominate ME just another way of continuing despite all the delays?
originally posted by: TheGreazel
A lot of the Fighters in Syria have double passports from many Western countries , if this problem doesn't get solved these people will become terrorist cells in western countries.
We interrupt this desert catwalk to announce they will NOT invade Baghdad.
US which tacitly supports Iran intervention in the region, but may have suddenly cooled in its support of Maliki despite sending naval and troop forces in the country after partially evacuating its embassy
Saudi Arabia which wants to remain friendly with the US but is antagonistic to the Iraq regime, is potentially aiding the ISIS forces, and clearly refuses to allow Iran entrance in Iraq
Iran, which has suddenly become America’s best friend in the region, which is willing to enter Iraq and protect its holy sites
Syria, whose president is sitting back amused at last year’s failed campaign by the US to remove him from power, and whose army is at a stalemate with the local US-armed and funded rebels
Qatar, which is supporting the Syrian rebels, but so far has not made its stance clear on Iraq. Like Saudi, it too may be indirectly backing ISIS
Jordan, which is a close friend the US, and which may have hosted ISIS in a secret base on its territory with the US instructing the jihadist group according to an unconfirmed report
Turkey, which is on constant alert to Kurdish escalation across the border, the same Kurds which now have far more leverage courtesy of ISIS crushing the Iraq army in the north and handing over Kurds access to oil fields in the north.
And of course Russia: because while Putin clearly benefits from rising crude prices, it is his Lukoil that is developing (and investing vast amounts of money in) the vast Iraqi West Qurna-2 oil field. It is not clear how he would feel about it falling into ISIS hands.
Two pieces that might help understand what and why it's happening . First Mike Whitney's piece Splitting Up Iraq ,It's all for Israel .