Let us begin this post in Iraq…….as the news is telling us the war in Iraq against the advancing forces of ISIS is not going according to plan…..it seems that the Sunni tribes are more willing to deal with ISIS than with the government in Baghdad simply because the head of the government and many of his ministers are of the Shia persuasion……
The Kurds are holding their own but now that Turkey has decided that it will join in the fight and attack Kurds across the region how safe will they be? The next question is if they do attack the Iraqi Kurds, America’s biggest ally against ISIS in the region, will they be safe from the backstabbing in DC since Turkey is our biggest ally and a member of NATO? Which group will get the support it needs to continue that fight?
Now what about the Shia militias that are fighting in Iraq….supposedly against the advance of ISIS but all the while also targeting Sunni groups as they push across all provinces…..
Then there is this info that has come out of the region…..the Iraq militias are not exactly the most successful fighting group and now they have joined the fighting in Syria……ir appears the the militias have joined their major supporter Iran and decided that Syria could use their help…..from the ISW blog……
Iran reportedly deployed hundreds of soldiers to Syria starting on September 21 in order to participate in a major ground offensive in northwestern Syria backed by Russian airstrikes. Anonymous U.S. defense sources confirmed that several hundred Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fighters led by IRGC-Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Suleimani arrived in Syria to conduct an operation alongside forces from the Syrian regime and Lebanese Hezbollah. Lebanese sources quoted by Reuters asserted that the Iranian troops were not advisors but combat troops and suggested that the coming offensive may be focused in the countryside of Idlib and Hama Provinces. The alleged operating areas for the operation suggests that this effort will be directed towards bolstering Syrian President Bashar al-Assad by seizing areas of northwestern Hama Province and southwestern Idlib Province – including the al-Ghab Plain and the city of Jisr al-Shughour – that have been captured by rebel forces led by Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) over recent months. These positions would remove the direct threat that recent rebel advances posed to the regime heartland of Latakia Province and provide a buffer zone against future attacks. If confirmed, this development marks a major step change in the Syrian Civil War and highlights the deepening rapprochement between Iran and Russia after their announcement of a “united front” in Syria.
Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a proxy forces may constitute part of the Iranian ground force in question. A prominent Iranian-backed Iraqi Shi’a militia Katai’b al-Imam Ali posted videos of its fighters in a garrison environment in Syria on September 21 and 28, naming one of its leaders as the commander of the group’s operations in Syria. Katai’b al-Imam Ali also claimed it deployed forces to Syria on August 5, 2015. The group is affiliated with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, an advisor to MG Suleimani who was designated by the U.S. Treasury Department as a leader of a terrorist organization in July 2009. In Iraq, Katai’b al-Imam Ali is mostly active in northern Salah ad-Din province where it has been fighting ISIS at least since August 2014. Together with MG Suleimani and the IRGC, Kata’ib al-Imam Ali’s involvement in ground operations in Syria demonstrates that designated terrorist organizations and entities are likely conducting the ground offensives in Syria supporting Russia’s airstrikes.
Where is the Western media on this turn of events?
Now ask why would they leave the Iraqi battlefield and venture into Syria?
We have American airstrikes…..Russian airstrikes……Free Syrian Army….Assad’s army……Nusra Front…..about a ba-zillion “moderate” rebels group…..Turkish airstrikes…. and the Kurds……..
Who is fighting who?
My next question is…..what is the end game here?