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For as poisonous and hardline as Nusra, Ahrar, Suqour, and Jaysh al Islam are they are not engaging any US allies. 

But Nusra is an official Alqaeda branch and all we've been hearing for the past decade from the US is Alqaeda and its the direct and indirect justification that the US presented to engage in conflicts that cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

Yet all their weapons, training, and support now come from US allies.
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But Nusra is an official Alqaeda branch and all we've been hearing for the past decade from the US is Alqaeda and its the direct and indirect justification that the US presented to engage in conflicts that cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

Yet all their weapons, training, and support now come from US allies.


Of course this is true but ISIS are actively engaged with American allies in the KRG and Baghdad and either way are not being given TOWs directly. I have only seen one video in which a former Hazm fighter turned Nusra was using a TOW. US backed FSA fighting with Nusra in Syria is not dissimilar to Iraqi forces operating alongside Kata'ib Hizbollah and the IRGC. 

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In any case, once again, rhyme's comments are off the mark and not deserving of further discussion. Sure there is something to be said about a haphazard distribution of arms to Syrian rebels but that has absolutely nothing to do with rumors in Iraq that the US is airdropping supplies to ISIS. 

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@hsmoghul: Today, 47 people were killed, and about two dozen injured, in a terrorist attack in #Karachi #Pakistan - the victims were Ismaili Muslim

There has recently been an increase in pro-ISIS graffiti in Pakistan
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AQ killed a blogger in Bangladesh yesterday too. 

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AQ killed a blogger in Bangladesh yesterday too. 

3rd one already this year. They arrested an imam and 2 students from his madrassa.
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US backed FSA fighting with Nusra in Syria is not dissimilar to Iraqi forces operating alongside Kata'ib Hizbollah and the IRGC. 

:facepalm: . You should stick to reposting news and twitter comments.

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Yeah? Designated Terror Organizations are Designated Terror Organizations. Deal with it. Shia chauvinism is just as destructive as Sunni chauvinism.

 

How many Americans do you think KH in Iraq have killed? How many fellow Iraqis do you think they've killed? 

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have you guys heard? The winner of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize has convened a Gulf States summit to push for peace in the region. I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough.
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have you guys heard? The winner of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize has convened a Gulf States summit to push for peace in the region. I think we are on the verge of a breakthrough.


Who won it in 2000? Wasn't that Edi Amin?
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In Chicago, like Uganda, prizes are given out early and often.
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I think you mean 2009 and are you referring to the summit that Hamad bin 'Isa bin Salman Al Khalifah is skipping for a horse race in the UK? 

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Ramadi going down. Not a good look.

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From what I'm reading it looks like the takeover of Ramadi followed the plans unveiled in the Hajji Bakr stuff pretty closely. Infiltrating the city, executing dissidents, scaring the others into submission, and then the military assault.
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