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ISIS Captures Another Iraq Town, Assad Pounds Bases

From the Associated Press:

Sunni militants capture northern Iraqi town after massacre

June 16, 2014

BAGHDAD — The mayor and residents of a northern Iraqi town close to the Syrian border say Sunni militants have captured the town of Tal Afar. Mayor Abdulal Abdoul told The Associated Press that his town, located 260 miles northwest of Baghdad, was taken just before dawn on Monday.

The town has a population of some 200,000 people, mostly ethnic Shiite and Sunni Turkomen. Residents in the town reached by phone confirmed its capture by militants. They spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing for their safety…

Meanwhile, from the Agence France Presse:

Syria pounds ISIL bases in coordination with Iraq: NGO

June 15, 2014

Beirut (AFP) – Syria’s army has been pounding for 24 hours major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in coordination with the Baghdad government, a monitor said Sunday.

ISIL is more popularly known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. But notice how all of a sudden we are on Bashar Assad’s side. (You really need a scorecard to keep track.)

The strikes against ISIL — which has spearheaded a week-long jihadist offensive in Iraq — have been more intense than ever, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

"The regime air force has been pounding ISIL’s bases, including those in the northern province of Raqa and Hasakeh in the northeast," which borders Iraq, said the Britain-based group.

The regime of President Bashar al-Assad was responding to the fact that ISIL "brought into Syria heavy weapons including tanks" captured from the Iraqi army.

Those would be US tanks. So we have ended up giving the Syrian ‘rebels’ heavy weapons after all.

In Raqa, the air force bombed the area surrounding ISIL’s main headquarters in Syria, as well as the group’s religious courts, said the Observatory, adding there were no reported casualties…

Gee, imagine the outrage if the US had bombed any "religious courts."

Once welcomed in Syria by rebels seeking Assad’s overthrow, the well-armed and well-organised ISIL soon gained the Syrian opposition’s wrath because of its quest for hegemony and systematic abuses.

In 2013, it took part in operations against government forces. But in recent months, it has exclusively fought against the Syrian rebels, who accuse the group of serving the interests of Assad’s regime.

So we are supposed to believe that ISIS is now no longer any part of the rebels Obama has been funding and arming and training to fight Bashar Assad.

A war pitting Syrian rebels against ISIL has killed more than 6,000 people, mostly fighters, since it broke out in January.

Isn’t it handy?  Conveniently enough, January is exactly when ISIS began to invade Iraq.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, June 16th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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