Thursday, December 4, 2014

Iraq / Syria Regional War Update ( December 4 , 2014 ) - Political intrigue ( From DC / Iraq / Syria ) , State of play on the battlefields , State of play regarding periphery nations ( Saudi Arabia / Libya / Turkey / Lebanon )


Links....


Despite US Air War, ISIS Has Lost Little Ground


Obama Clashes With Senate Over ISIS War Authority


Pentagon in Denial About Civilian Casualties of US Airstrikes


US and Iran Both Attack ISIS, but Try Not to Look Like Allies




Iran Joins 'Great Satan's' Fight With Raids Over Iraq


Sen. Corker: US Was Poised for 10-Hour Syria War in 2013


Sen. Rand Paul Introduces War Declaration Against ISIS


Kerry Praises ISIS War, Says It’ll Take Years


Thousands of Syrian Refugees Stranded in Turkish Minefield: Rights Group


Poverty Fuels Tensions as Syrian Refugees Brace for Another Winter


The West Is to Blame for Syrian Conflict, Says Saudi Prince



Evening Tweets....




ISF source: new PM Abadi & Interior Minister Ghabban are purging key 'organised corruption' gangs .. Necessary but very dangerous!




.: will b paid by Defense Ministry. will receive the entire 17%,& sovereign expenses will not be deducted





High level officials usually escape corruption charges so needs to be convictions to show change in Iraq




CAPTION: In Douma, hunger sets in as the regime encircles the East Ghouta town.






ROUNDUP: Islamic State closer to Deir e-Zor military airport, Al-Waer truce talks in flames.














bombing kills 21, wounding dozens more








Rudaw reporter in : launched attack on forces, south of Kirkuk after the suicide bomber...





Morning Tweets.....






Washington dubs no-fly zone plans as ‘pre-mature’




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played an important role in supporting Syrian rebels, incl 2 control Tal al-Ahmar (East & West),Tal Jabiya, Quneitra crossing +




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offered military support to rebels + Nusra also in controlling the old city of Qunetra, Tal Hara and Hamidiya. +








Arrest of an ISIS ‘wife’: Between truth and distortions via @AlArabiya_Eng@Joyce_Karam Great job sifting things out !




INFOGRAPHIC: Anatomy of an IS massacre Part I - An investigation of the August Tabqa massacre










embassy warns of potential attack in southeast against opposition group




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official: 23,000 ‘ghost’ retirees received $1 bn in salaries

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A woman detained by Lebanese authorities was the wife of terror leader al- for three months —...





Thoughts on the Need for a in No matter how many well-trained..







CAPTION: Islamic State uses tank bomb in battle for regime-held district of south Deir e-Zor.






Ambassador Fred Hof on Buffer Zones, Rebel Groups, and U.S. Strategy