A security alliance is emerging out of a stretch of countries from the Levant to the Persian Gulf: Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
Many observers are correct in noting that the Middle East is undergoing yet another seismic shift - that the Russian-brokered destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, a US-Iranian rapprochement, the diminished strategic value of Saudi Arabia and Israel, and a US withdrawal from Afghanistan will all contribute to changing regional dynamics considerably.
It was, after all, the region’s western-backed Arab monarchies that launched the “counter-revolution” to thwart popular Arab uprisings and re-direct them at their regional adversaries, via Syria. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, the UAE and their Western allies threw money, weapons, training and resources at unseating Syrian President Bashar al-Assad - in a bid to weaken Iran, isolate Hezbollah and take care of that "Shia threat” once and for all.
Assad didn’t fall, Iran didn’t waver, Hezbollah dug in, and the Russians and Chinese stepped into the fray.
Just as the prophecy informed you exactly what the results would be to the "Awakening" and the so-called "Success of the Surge"
In a Shiite-majority neighborhood of western Baghdad, unidentified gunmen opened fire on a Sunni shop owner, killing him and his son, the police said.
Southwest of Kirkuk, unidentified gunmen driving S.U.V.’s blew up two houses with improvised explosive devices, then pulled five Sunnis, including a 70-year-old woman and an Iraqi soldier, outside their homes and executed them, the police said.
South of Baghdad, three mortar shells fell on the road linking the capital and Karbala, killing three Shiite pilgrims on their way to visit a shrine to Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Arbaeen,
At least 18 military servicemen were killed in an ambush in western Iraq, including several top-ranking officers.
The commander of the army division and his aid were among those killed in the attack.
The killings took place on Saturday in the Huran valley of the Sunni Muslim-dominated province of Anbar, when a convoy of the 7th army was hit by the members of the Islamic State of Iraq, the military wing of al-Qaeda, according to sources.
Posts on online forums dominated by fighters called the slain commander, Mohammed Ahmed al-Kurwi, a "criminal" and celebrated the attack, which security sources described as carefully planned and executed.
Some security officials suggested informants may have lured the commanders to the area under the pretext of raiding the al-Qaeda camp.
These are the totals of civilians killed in Iraq since 2008, based on data compiled by the United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq:
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