The ISIS vers Obama, Round Three goes to the ISIS

ISIS declares creation of Islamic state in Middle East, ‘new era of international jihad’

Obama administration still asleep or Obama out planing golf and the score is Obama 0 the new caliphate 3

Re-Post from RT Published time: June 29, 2014 17:50
Edited time: June 29, 2014 19:30

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul (Reuters / Stringer)

A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds an ISIL flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul (Reuters / Stringer)

ISIS announced that it should now be called ‘The Islamic State’ and declared its chief, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as “the caliph” of the new state and “leader for Muslims everywhere,” the radical Sunni militant group said in an audio recording distributed online on Sunday.

This is the first time since the fall of the Ottoman Empire in 1923 that a Caliph – which means a political successor to Prophet Muhammad – has been declared. The decision was made following the group’s Shura Council meeting on Sunday, according to ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.


Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province. (AFP Photo / HO / Walayat Salahuddin)

Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province. (AFP Photo / HO / Walayat Salahuddin)

The new Islamic State has marked its borders, spanning the territory captured by the group in a bloody rampage, from Iraq’s volatile Diyala province to Syria’s war-torn Aleppo.

The jihadist group has also claimed that they are now a legitimate state.

The Islamic State has called on Al-Qaeda and other radical Sunni militants in the region to immediately pledge their allegiance, ushering in “a new era of international jihad.”

“The Shura [Council] of the Islamic State met and discussed this issue…The Islamic State decided to establish an Islamic caliphate and to designate a caliph for the state of the Muslims,” said group spokesman Adnani.


Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) standing next to captured vehicles left behind by Iraqi security forces at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province (AFP Photo / HO / Walayat Salahuddin)

Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) standing next to captured vehicles left behind by Iraqi security forces at an unknown location in the Salaheddin province (AFP Photo / HO / Walayat Salahuddin)

He described the establishment of the caliphate as “the dream in all the Muslims” and “the hope of all jihadists.”

The militant group, notorious for its brutal violence, separated from Al-Qaeda in early 2014. It has seized major areas of western and northern Iraq in recent weeks, committing mass murders of opposing Shia Muslims in the region.

Read more: All you need to know about ISIS and what is happening in Iraq

ISIS previously made statements vowing to siege the Iraqi capital Baghdad and to march and capture the holy Shia sites of Najaf and Karbala.

How the Left Blurs the Concepts of Individuals vs Collectives

Re-education is now in full force in America

Re-post from Freedom Outpost by

Once upon a time in our America, each and every citizen was referred to as an independent individual, possessing an independent mind and body, and an independent future which each of us could forge for ourselves. Every school child was encouraged to think and act as an independent human being, possessing a character that distinguished him or her from each and every other person on the planet. Independence and individualism was central to education.

Each person spoke proudly of being “his own man” or “her own woman” and each was reminded of the unique value and original contribution he could make to society through intelligence, education, hard work and enterprise. The reality of these values still exists because the truth cannot change.

But individualism is no longer encouraged and the terms used to describe us have changed. Now, the pervasive terms refer to us not as individuals, but as members of groups. This is a perceptual shift toward a collectivist view. Groups are comprised of individuals who come together for a purpose, but that distinction is gradually, deliberately blurred. Collectives are masses, and masses are more easily controlled than groups of individuals. Individuals cannot be controlled at all, but must be negotiated with. Politicians would much rather control a mob than negotiate with millions of individuals. Thus, comes the deliberate change in perception, which leads to the change in reality.

In the minds of most politicians, we the people are one or another demographic collective, ostensibly for the purpose of getting votes, the lifeblood of elected politicians. This is more than simple manipulation, because the perception in politics often becomes the reality and that reality, once established, can be harsh. Stalin said that one death is a tragedy, while a million deaths are a statistic. He did not say a million deaths were a million tragedies, and that is significant. Stalin was not commenting ironically on the carnage of war. He was commenting philosophically on people as a mass, a herd, a collective. It was Stalin, one should remember, who collectivized farms in the Soviet Union and persecuted the Kulaks. Under Stalin 30,000,000 people died as a result of purges and deliberate mass starvation. These were not perceived as the deaths of individual people, but the death of masses, of collectives, a mere statistic.

Such things happen when in a society people lose their independence and individual identities and become masses, collectives and they happen more often than one imagines. Mao Tse Tung bragged about killing 100,000,000. By comparison with Stalin’s Soviet Union and Mao’s China, the mass deaths in Rwanda and elsewhere in Africa are statistically insignificant, but one look at the photos and films of the tortured men, women and children suffering there, reminds us instantly that statistics are not human beings.

In the US, we were told by Barack Obama that the day of rugged individualists is over and that we all need a leg up from the government. Like Stalin, Obama was not commenting ironically that Americans are a shadow of their former industrious selves, with independent strengths and inventive energy. He was commenting on a philosophic shift. In Obama’s mind and in the mind of Left-Liberal politicians, Americans are no longer considered, treated or celebrated as independent individual citizens, but as bits of voting blocs and other collective categories.

This shift is a deliberate effort by unscrupulous politicians to steal our individual identities and independence as individuals. Obama, you may remember, promised to “fundamentally transform America.” This is what he meant.

Now, we are discouraged from identifying ourselves as individuals. We are encouraged, threatened and bullied, into identifying ourselves as members of masses: Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Women, Men, homosexuals, anti-unionists, Sarah-Palin-Loving right-wingers or Christians, who cling to our religion and guns. These categories are not meant to identify us, but categorize and collectivize us into controllable masses.

On the dual principle that the best lie is built on a speck of truth and that a lie, if repeated loudly enough and often enough, becomes the perceptible reality, even to ourselves, the distortion of our identity is relentless. But there are examples to remind us that we are not specs in a mass.

In the famous movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Sidney Poitier says to his father, “You think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man.” There is no clearer example than this. Poitier’s character was fiercely independent. He took his chances, not merely by falling in love with and marrying a white woman, but as an independent, individual thinker, willing to acknowledge, but unwilling to be intimidated by, the collectivism of racial prejudice. The lesson in this lies in recognizing the difference between the individual reality and the collective perception.

Terms such as “racist” and “right-winger” are collectivist terms intended to bully not describe. They are meant to get a reaction, not a reasoned response. In fact, they are so overused in such knee-jerk fashion that they disregard the actual racism individuals may feel or express. But accuracy does not matter to those who hurl the epithets wantonly, because to them the accusation is more important than truth. It is intended to intimidate, not describe. They are meant to silence and intimidate free expression. I’ve been “accused” of being Republican, right-wing and rich. I am a republican (small “r”) but neither right-wing nor rich, but such subtlety is lost on those with mob mentality, those who have collectivized themselves. I’ve also been accused of being “white” as though it were an insult.

These epithets are always hurled by someone who suspects me of holding certain attitudes, whether or not I actually express such attitudes. The accusers are so thoroughly self-collectivized and deluded that they are automatically angry at and afraid of anyone who may threaten the status quo. They are miserable people and can only save themselves by regaining their individuality as human beings.


Ideology: Why Care?

Good blog to watch in the future

The ISIS vers Obama, Round Two goes to the ISIS

Without allies against ISIS, US finds itself in the same camp as Iran, its sworn enemy

Re-posted from The Jerusalem Post  By Zini Mazel Last updated 06/29/2014 14:08

An extremist Islamic state is coming into being in the heart of the Mideast. It will become a bastion of terrorism unleashing its attacks against neighbors and sending its faithful on operations in Europe and the US.

From the start of the so called Arab spring, America has time and time again initiated moves which set it at odds with its traditional allies in the Middle East, to the extent that today it can only watch impotently developments in the region.

Iraq is a case in point. ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – is a jihadist terrorist organization that has already taken large areas in Syria and made significant gains in Iraq. It is now in the process of setting up a hard-core Islamic state in the heart of the Middle East.

Washington, apparently taken completely by surprise, finds itself in the same camp as Iran, its sworn enemy. Obviously it is to be deplored that Arab countries in the region are unequal to the task of overcoming an organization numbering no more than a few thousand terrorists. On the other hand, since the end of the WWII these countries have squandered their efforts and their resources in internecine warfare and in the conflict with Israel, secure in the knowledge that the US or the Soviet Union would come to the rescue if needed.

The greatest world power thus finds itself not only without a viable course of action in Iraq, but without the allies that might have made such a course possible.

Washington seems to have grasped the extent of its predicament. Secretary of State John Kerry has been making the rounds of Arab states to see whether he can cobble together a coalition to act in Syria and Iraq. He came to Cairo bearing gifts, and pledged to unfreeze speedily the dispatch of Apache helicopters badly needed by Egypt to fight jihadist terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula.

That freeze, together with most of America’s military aid, had been intended to “punish” the Egyptian people and the army that had dared to topple a “democratically elected president.”

Washington has yet to understand that truly democratic elections in the Middle East – except in Israel – will entail a profound cultural evolution enshrining the rights of the individual, gender equality, and tolerance towards minorities.

No amount of pressure will change the reality in Egypt. Kerry promised to unfreeze the supply of all military aid, though he hinted that Cairo should progress toward greater democracy. It will not help to bridge the gap between the two countries, since the leaders of Egypt as well as most Egyptians are deeply offended by what they see as an undeserved snub.

Having gotten rid of the Muslim Brotherhood they thought that America would applaud and offer them help. There are signs that Washington has grasped at last the importance of Egypt as a stabilizing factor in the region.

Unfortunately, it was not the only miscalculation of America’s foreign policy. Washington had offended long-time allies, such as Saudi Arabia, a staunch friend since 1940. Riyadh is still bitter at what it perceives as American treachery in entering secret negotiations with Tehran on Iran’s nuclear program.

In Syria, America could not decide on a course of action. Not only it did not contribute to the fall of Assad, it did not back the moderate Sunni elements that were fighting the dictator, and thus indirectly contributed to the rise of ISIS.

Washington also lost influence in Libya, after leading from behind the European efforts to topple Muammar Gaddafi and is now watching helplessly as the country is plunged into chaos. Granted, Arab states are no poster for democracy and their people generally dislike the West and the United States, but a great power must act according to its own interests and cannot afford to be sanctimonious.

Washington also cannot afford a direct intervention in Iraq. This would entail a considerable war effort stretching from Syria to Iraq and guerrilla operations for which the Americans have no stomach. The human and material price would be too high, and there is no way that a compromise could be achieved between Sunnis and Shi’ites.

There might be a temporary respite for the Shiite government – leading to an increased Sunni hostility to the US, but there can’t be any hope of restoring unity to Iraq. During his recent visit, Kerry repeated that Washington was urging the ruler of Baghdad to form a national unity government with the Sunnis. Something akin to treating a terminal disease with placebos.

Unfortunately, America’s ill-advised policy after conquering Baghdad in 2003 is at the root of today’s problem. The Iraqi Army was disbanded, the civil service dissolved, and the power – held for so long by the Sunni minority – handed over to the Shi’ites, who promptly initiated discriminatory measures against the Sunni minority while moving closer to Shia Iran, the enemy of the West.

Disgruntled Sunnis took to terrorism – first against American troops and then against the Shi’ite population, while some joined the ranks of al-Qaida. The world can only look on while both factions are locked in mortal combat with no issue in sight.

Obama has withdrawn American soldiers from Iraq; had they stayed they would have given ISIS a real fight. On the other hand, he was only fulfilling a pledge made by former president George W. Bush.

Besides, who would have thought that a regular army with hundreds of thousands of soldiers trained by American experts would disintegrate when faced by a few thousands terrorists, however well organized? Though Nouri al-Maliki, head of the Iraqi government, is primarily to blame for having gone too far against the Sunni population, the Americans planted the seeds in 2003.

ISIS is not operating in a vacuum. It is being reinforced by embittered Sunnis and by Beduin tribes recruited in the past by the Americans to combat al-Qaida, something they did with notable success. It is true that not all the population – Sunni and Shia – is engaged in the fighting. There is no civil war yet, but the country is divided de facto. ISIS has taken over the main Sunni centers in the North and the Center and will undoubtedly meet with stiff resistance if and when it tries to progress in the Shia concentrations to the south.

However, it is hard to see Maliki being able to dislodge ISIS from its newly conquered territories. A brutal, extremist militant Islamic state is coming into being in the heart of the Middle East. It will become a bastion of terrorism unleashing its attacks against neighboring countries and sending its faithful on operations in Europe and the United States.

The disintegration of the Ottoman Empire after World War I led to the arbitrary creation of artificial entities; boundaries were drawn with no ethnic or tribal considerations with bitter enemies condemned to live together. These countries are today paying the price of constant squabbling and lack of economic progress.

From Libya to Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen (with Lebanon not far behind) Muslim states can no longer ensure personal security and basic services to their peoples – who often resort to flight, leading to an unprecedented number of refugees.

Can something still be done to reverse that relentless trend? It is highly doubtful.

America, having painted itself into a corner, will watch helplessly as chaos spreads and threatens the West.

The writer, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a former ambassador to Romania, Egypt, and Sweden.

Kentucky Group Wants To Tax Breathing

I knew this was coming — these people are mentally defective.

Real Science

A national tax on anything that produces carbon emissions — gasoline, airplanes and coal-burning power plants — is the goal of the new Kentucky chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, an international nonprofit group seeking to curb global warming.

Carbon tax sought to curb global warming

Humans exhale a terrifying 40,000 PPM CO2 – enough to raise current atmospheric CO2 levels by 100X. In order to rescue mankind from global warming, breathing must be stopped through taxation or whatever other means is necessary.

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The ISIS vers Obama, Round One goes to the ISIS

Mid East is sizzling: Armed US drones over Baghdad, Saudi, Jordanian tanks deploy

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 28, 2014, 8:23 PM (IDT)

The Obama administration announced Friday, June 27, that unmanned aerial vehicles flying over Baghdad would henceforth be armed in order to defend the US Embassy in the Green Zone. The embassy was originally assigned the tasks of guardian of Iraq’s central government and symbol of post-Saddam national unity. These roles have remained out of reach ever since the Americans invaded Iraq in 2003. Today, the armed drones overhead are reduced to holding back the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and its local Sunni allies from overrunning the Green Zone and seizing the embassy, most of whose 5,000 staff were evacuated as a precaution.


President Barack Obama has again decreed that no US soldiers will take part in combat in Iraq. Therefore, American military personnel on the ground will be there to guide the drones to their targets. Those targets were defined Saturday, June 28, by Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, as striking at ISIS leaders and defending Iraq’s strategic facilities. He did not elaborate.

debkafile reports that he was referring to the Haditha dam on the Euphrates. ISIS fighters have been battered the town of Haditha on and off for some days. Its dam is the key to the water supply of most of Iraq, including Baghdad. With its capture, Al Qaeda’s affiliates will have gained control of northern Iraq’s oil refineries and pipeline networks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jordan Friday laid out another piece of the Iraq-Syria imbroglio. He estimated that the Syrian rebel recruits enlisted from among the nearly one million Syrian refugees sheltering in Jordan could be deployed in Iraq for fighting ISIS. His words were accompanied by the Obama administration’s application to Congress for half a billion dollars to arm and train such a force. President Obama is therefore in the midst of yet another U-turn on the Syrian-Iraqi war scene – this one involving Israel too. Until now, the Syrian rebels undergoing training by US instructors in Jordan wre sent into southern Syria to hold a line up to the outskirts of Damascus and act as a buffer between the Syrian, Iranian, Hizballah and Iraqi Shiite militia units and the Israeli and Jordanian borders.

Their presence in this sector of the Syrian warfront was to have provided Washington with a bargaining chip against the Assad regime. This operation was run from an underground US-Jordanian-Israeli war room situated not far from the Jordanian capital of Amman. Kerry’s latest statement gave this bunker-command a new war focus and diverted Jordan-based Syrian rebel forces from their mission south of Damascus to contesting the rapidly-advancing Sunni Islamists in Iraq. Our military sources note that these forces – albeit with full US-Jordanian-Israeli intelligence and logistical back-up – were not an outstanding success in their Syrian mission and should not be expected to do much better in Iraq.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, the Lebanese army and Hizballah militia are bracing against the latest round of ISIS-engineered suicide bombing attacks, which was in fact launched last week with two explosions in Beirut – one by a female bomber. To the south of Lebanon, Israel’s unusually mild military retaliation against “terrorist targets” in Gaza for the swelling hail of rockets aimed day by day at Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon and the Eshkol District , points to a decision by Israel’s government military leaders to avoid being dragged into the cauldron boiling up around its borders.

Israel’s armed forces and three intelligence services, the Shin Bet, Mossad and AMAN,  are in fact nursing the blow to their prestige from the failure of their massive, all-out hunt of two weeks discover the three teenagers abducted on June 10. Some serious soul-searching is taking place about the wisdom of throwing all of the IDF’s deterrent strength against the kidnappers, who have since been identified as a pair of Hamas operatives, who outsmarted Israel’s mightiest resources and vanished off the face of the earth with their captives.

Israel’s conduct in this episode appears in retrospect to have been ruled less by sense than by emotions. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was sidetracked by his fixed desire for a reckoning with Hamas and with the Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for dealing with this extremist group – notwithstanding their near-irrelevance to the main stream of events in the region. Three months after Israel’s National Intelligence Estimate judged the prospect of a conventional war close to nil, Al Qaeda’s cohorts are grabbing wide stretches of Iraq and knocking on the doors of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Iran, Hizballah – and now ISIS – must be wondering what makes Israel tick in view of this behavior.  Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s jihadis are fighting under the flag of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant. For them, the Levant is not just Syria and Lebanon and Jordan, but also “Palestine” i.e. Israel. Jerusalem had better wake up fast. Jordan and Saudi Arabia have deployed tank divisions on their borders against ISIS encroachments. The two kingdoms are Israel’s eastern and southern next door neighbors.

“Nero In The White House” (Best summation of the OWEbozos ever)

This says it all he has it 100% right!

The Rio Norte Line

The below summary of Barack and Michelle Obama’s 5 year reign in the White House is by far the best I’ve ever read as it squarely hits the nail on the head.

And it took a black reporter writing it to make it as effective as it is. A white man’s account would be instantly criticized by the liberal media as pure racism. But, how can anyone scream Racist when an exacting description of the Obama’s is penned by a well known journalist of color?

(Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles .)

The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn’t like the Obama’s. Specifically I was asked: “I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama’s? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas family picture.”

The truth is I do not like…

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Does Obama Support the ISIS?

Leaked Document Reveals Who Is Behind Jihadists ISIS Recruitment – Here’s a Hint: Obama Just Released 5 Taliban Leaders to Them

This is a re-blog from FREEDOM OUTPOST

A secret document was revealed (see References) which was issued by the Qatari Embassy in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, revealed that Qatar was able to equip some 1,800 volunteers from North Africa to fight in Iraq’s notorious ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant).

وثيقة تكشف تجهيز قطر 1800 ارهابي من المغرب العربي

The document bears the signature of the Acting Qatari Embassy in Libya, Nayef Abdullah Al Emadi, in which he wrote that “the volunteers completed military and combat training with heavy weapons, especially in the camps Zintan, Benghazi, Zawiya and Misrata in Libya” suggesting to send these fighters in three batches over the Libyan ports to Turkey, and then to enter northern Iraq through Kurdistan.

Emadi noted that “these groups will be ready by next week,” and “We call on the need to accelerate in coordination with the Turkish side to receive the fighters in the appropriate port, and let us know the appropriate dates to send those groups.”

Besides Qatar’s aid to the ISIS, the document bolsters the case of Turkey’s involvement. Turkey has aided the ISIS in the northeastern parts of Syria when terrorists like the ISIS continue to organize the theft of oil to be shipped towards Turkey and sold cheaply which funded over $800 million to terrorists including the ISIS. That including Turkey’s secret plan that was exposed via a leaked recording in which the top Turkish officials were audio taped conspiring to even use the ISIS to invade Syria.

To further understand the ISIS and the Turkish involvement click [here]



Editor’s Note: Consider that Qatar is where Obama sent the five Taliban leaders in exchange for deserter Bowe Bergdahl. Does anyone actually think that is incompentence? If you do, please put down the Kool-aid.


Florida Senate Democrats Vote Against a Bill to Protect Women From Sharia Law


King Abdullah calls up Saudi armed forces on high preparedness

The ISIS moves toward Saudi Arabia

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Thursday, June 26, the day before US Secretary of State John Kerry was due in Riyadh, King Abdullah summoned a National Security Council meeting “upon the current security events in the region, especially in Iraq,” and ordered “all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against terrorist threats.” This meant a general call-up of military units for a high level of preparedness.

debkafile’s military sources disclose that Egypt is assembling an expeditionary commando force to fly to Saudi Arabia and bolster its border defenses. This flurry of Saudi-Egyptian military steps comes in the wake of intelligence gathered by Saudi reconnaissance planes showing Iraqi Al Qaeda-linked Sunni fighters (ISIS) heading for the Saudi border and aiming to seize control of the Iraqi-Saudi crossing at Ar Ar (pop: 200,000). ISIS and its Sunni allies are still on the march after capturing Iraq’s border crossings with Syria and Jordan earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Kerry warned Mideast nations against taking new military action in Iraq that might heighten sectarian divisions. By then, he had been overtaken by a rush of events, as debkafile reported this morning. When the first of the 300 military advisers US President Barack Obama promised the Iraqi government arrived in Baghdad Wednesday, June 25, Iranian and Saudi Arabian arms shipments were already in full flow to opposing sides in embattled Iraq, debkafile’s military sources report.

At least two cargo planes from bases in Iran were landing daily at Baghdad’s military airport, carrying 150 tons of military equipment. More than 1,000 tons were flown in this past week alone. Tehran has replicated for the Iraqi army the routine it established for Bashar Assad’s army, furnishing its needs on a daily basis as per its commanders’ requests. Those requests come before a joint Iranian-Iraqi headquarters set up at the Iraqi high command in Baghdad for approval and the assigning of priorities for shipment.

At the same time, Saudi arms are flowing to the Iraqi Sunni tribes fighting alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) against the Iraqi army and the Shiite Nouri al-Maliki’s government.

They are coming in both overland and by airlift.
Saudi arms convoys are crossing the border into Iraq with Saudi and Jordanian air force cover and heading north up to the Al-Qa’im district near the Syrian border. There, Sunni and ISIS fighters, after capturing this key Anbar district, have begun refurbishing the bases and runways at H-2, once one of Saddam Hussein’s largest airbases. Situated 350 kilometers west of Baghdad, this air base has two long runways and hangars for fighter planes and helicopters.

debkafile‘s military sources disclose that, on Tuesday June 24, unmarked civilian cargo planes landed at the base, bringing arms shipments from Saudi Arabia.

The response was swift. Syrian warplanes, on their first bombing mission inside Iraq, tried to damage the partially repaired runways at H-2 to prevent any more Saudi air shipments from landing.
Military sources in Washington confirmed Wednesday June 25 that those air strikes were conducted by the Syrian Air Force “in Anbar province” and left at least 57 people dead and 120 wounded – most of them Iraqi civilians. They declined to say what was attacked, referring only to ISIS-related targets.

That incident was a striking demonstration of the tight operational sync between the Iranian command centers in Damascus and Baghdad, which are attached respectively to the high commands of the Syrian and Iraqi armies. This coordination offers Tehran the flexibility for its command centers in both Arab capitals to send Iranian drones aloft from Syrian or Iraqi airbases to feed those centers with the intelligence they need for the strategic planning of military operations to be conducted by the Syrian and Iraqi armies.

Iranian command centers in Baghdad and Damascus are fully equipped therefore to decide which Syrian, Iraqi or Hizballah force carries out a planned operation in either Syria or Iraq. Both are now pushing back against further ISIS advances towards its goal of a Sunni caliphate spanning both countries.

This is just what US Secretary of State John Kerry meant when he said in Brussels Wednesday June 25, after two days of talks in Iraq, that “the war in Iraq is being widened.”

He had good reason to sound worried. Shortly before he spoke, the first group of US military personnel, out of the 300 that President Obama had promised, had arrived in Baghdad. But neither Tehran nor Riyadh had consulted Washington before they organized heavy arms shipments to their respective allies in Iraq.

The Iraqi battle arena is become a veritable Babel of war. So far, six countries are involved in varying degrees: the US, Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.