Tuesday, May 17, 2016


IS is a sideshow compared to the conflict that is about to engulf the Middle East and North Africa. A head-on collision between Islam's two great traditions: Shia Iran and its proxies and a great Sunni coalition led by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran the conflict entered a new phase. 

UPDATE: If this report is true it sounds like it could be an enormous change in the Middle East map of violent aggression. From Middle East Eye:
The military wing of the Lebanese movement Hezbollah has been instructed by Iran to suspend operations against Israel and to target Saudi Arabia instead, Middle East Eye can reveal. The instruction comes in the wake of widespread anger at the apparent assassination of Mustafa Badreddine, its military commander in Syria and head of the movement’s military wing, which Hezbollah blamed on “takfiri” forces supported by Riyadh. According to well informed sources in Lebanon, the order was conveyed in person by Qasim Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) who came to Beirut to give his condolescences. Clearly, that would be welcome relief to Israel but it signals a ramping up in the war between the two largest sects of Muslims, Sunni and Shiite. (More)