Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Observation notes


The attacker managed to mingle with the militiamen who gathered at a military base in the town of Madain to receive their monthly payment

At least 15 of the dead were Sunni militiamen known as Sahwa or the Awakening Councils who viewed as traitors by the Sunni militants.

This latest bold attack by militants are seeking to undermine government efforts to fight extremists.


IS fighters have downed Iraqi and Syrian government aircraft and helicopters in the past. We also know that IS has overrun a number of Syrian air defence bases.

The latest news will raise concern among the coalition nations about the level of armament available to the militants and the defensive measures deployed by coalition jets.