Sunday, May 1, 2016


Sunni and Shia forces are pitted against each other for hegemony of the region. ISIS has been carving out its Sunni Caliphate in Syria and Iraq (maps). Iraq is torn apart by these forces. The West has no stake in the proxy war, but no one is immune to a toxic concentration of this kind. 

UPDATE: According to John Bolton Iraq is already gone. To defeat ISIS, a new Sunni state must be created, Bolton says. (Source)
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al Abadi has ordered the arrest of protesters who stormed parliament buildings in Baghdad. Hundreds of supporters of Shia Muslim cleric Moqtada al Sadr broke through barricades of the heavily-fortified Green Zone in protest at the government's failure to stamp out corruption. Police near the US embassy fired tear gas as protesters were seen attacking at least one MP and throwing objects at fleeing motorcades. Mr Abadi said those who assaulted politicians and security forces and "vandalised state properties" should "receive their just punishment". However, police were not taking action against protesters still inside the Green Zone on Sunday, perhaps in fear of repercussions from the powerful cleric's followers. "Even the most sectarian of Iraqis are seeing the failure of their leaders and their system," said Patrick Skinner, a former CIA case officer now working for The Soufan Group consultancy. "The question might not be 'why now' as it relates to the anger, but 'why it took so long'. Their system is not working." (More)