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By the way, the deadline for the Japanese guy and the Jordanian pilot have passed. Negotiations fell apart when ISIS apparently refused to provide proof of life. 

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Rumor mill has Tikrit ops starting in 2 weeks.

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Interesting little article on Iraqis opting for Iran backed militias instead of the ISF.

 

http://www.niqash.org/articles/?id=3614

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I always presumed that the Militias were the main forces that could/would stop Daesh, so I thought it was silly when the news always tries to make the Shiite militias look bad. I mean, yeah they're slaughtering civilians here and there but you don't want to see what things are like without them.
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So the US government decides that now would be a good time to reveal that the CIA and the Mossad killed the Hezbollah bomber in 2008? Wonder why.
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People never really think how much practice runs cost for assassinations... apparently the CIA built like 25 bombs to get the bomb just right.

This whole terrorism thing really creates jobs.
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So the US government decides that now would be a good time to reveal that the CIA and the Mossad killed the Hezbollah bomber in 2008? Wonder why.

One idea is open revolt against the "Iran appeasement" doctrine in place now by the Obama administration where sanctions are relieved in exchange for halting or slowing nuclear developments.

This is supposedly also the reason an Argentinian prosecutor is traveling to Iran to interrogate re: embassy bombing in 84 -- although the official reason given is that Iran doesn't allow extradition of its citizens and Argentina doesn't have trial in absentia
www.buenosairesherald.com/article/164949/amia-20-years-demanding-justice-for-attack

ruffling feathers = potentially destabilizing fragile negotiations
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I always presumed that the Militias were the main forces that could/would stop Daesh, so I thought it was silly when the news always tries to make the Shiite militias look bad. I mean, yeah they're slaughtering civilians here and there but you don't want to see what things are like without them.

 

Militias in general are bad for national unity movements. You want as much of your power concentrated in regulars as possible. The biggest concern with the Shi'a militias is not necessarily that they are sectarian and have a history of atrocities but that they are unreigned. Kind of like a we will play nice when we agree with you scnenario. I hope that the militias are left behind to push further West. 

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IS gains control of small refinery near Kirkuk
http://ara.tv/wvwzf
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This is a good map for understanding the strategic importance of Kobani. If they can push south and east and take Tal Abyad (White Hill if you're curious) it would be huge in cutting of ISIS supply lines to Turkey. If they could link up with East Rojava and secure that length of Turkish border it would end up being the death of ISIS in Syria.

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a blow to kurdish forces as 25 including a commander killed but IS driven back from Kirkuk oil
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/01/kurdish-commander-dies-kirkuk-battle-150130143619473.html

by the way what's intriguing is the influence of Soleimani (Iran's Quds Forces commander -- "the man in the shadows") in that region. they've heralded him as their local champion and attribute a lot of kurdish victories over IS to his help.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31037425

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Don't those guys look so much friendlier than those ISIS assholes, though? I bet they're all good dancers.

Best exchange in the comments section:


Gary Smith: "This is a perfect example of the biased reporting of this rag of a news source. Aljazeera calls the defeat of Daesh in a failed attempt to assault Kirkuk "A heavy set back for Iraqi Kurds" So winning and inflicting a hundred casualties on Daesh is a set back, or so Alazeera would have you believe. Aljazeera thus continuing this ridiculously biased propaganda, cheer leading for the Arabs!"

Bobby Dean: Yo dummy you is on a Ayrab newsite not Jew media so get with the program or start a pogram.
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The rapid progress

 

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The rapid picking

 

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Cairo book fare sees ban of Qaradawi and Qutb texts, regime denies involvement lol
http://ow.ly/Ig4nt

Majid Majidi has made some nice films in the past so I wonder how this one will turn out. There is mention of course of The Message (much much better in Arabic version Ar-Rissalah -- they had entirely separate casts and shot simultaneously using the same scene setups, first one language then they would clear out and the cast for the other language would shoot)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/30/iranian-film-prophet-muhammad-premiere
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