If the current course continues, IS will control eastern Syria, Jabhat al-Nusra the north-west and Mr Assad the west, the message being sent is that siding with America brings no tangible benefits.
There are a few mainstream (moderates) groups left are struggling to survive.
The Shia militias see the upcoming force empowerment of the Sunni tribes as U.S. led favoritism towards the opposing end of the sectarian divide.
“We proclaim that we will not accept the presence of any American forces on Iraqi soil, apart from the permanent staff at the U.S. embassy. Our weapons are not only for ISIL or Takfiris, but Americans occupation forces will also be targeted.”
By any objective assessment, it’s the Western elites – and in particular the neocon faction within that elite – who are the biggest dangers to world peace, look at the havoc their policy of endless war, whether waged directly or through terrorist proxies, has caused in Iraq, Libya and Syria.
These serial warmongers are particularly angry that Russian foreign policy has thwarted their plans for ‘regime change’ in Syria, a key strategic objective.