"The Iraqi government has lost control of the strategic city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, eyewitnesses say. Al-Qaeda-linked militants now control the south of the city, a security source told the BBC. An Iraqi reporter there says tribesmen allied with al-Qaeda hold the rest of Fallujah. Fighting there erupted after troops broke up a protest camp by Sunni Arabs in the city of Ramadi on Monday. They have been accusing the Shia-led government of marginalising the Sunnis. The recent fighting in Fallujah and Ramadi has pitted government troops on the one hand and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), which is affiliated with al-Qaeda, and Sunni tribesmen on the other." BBC
"A powerful al-Qaeda affiliate is on the defensive in north Syria, reports say, as it comes under attack from Islamist and other rebel factions. The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is accused of tacitly assisting the regime and imposing a reign of terror on areas it controls. Dozens of fighters are reported to have been killed in clashes which erupted on Friday in Aleppo and Idlib provinces." BBC
This situation is a perfect example of why we should stay out of the internal messes created in the ME by stirring the "pot" of revolution. Western encouragment of the Arab Spring revolts further destabilized a political universe that had been weakened by American overthrow of the dictator Saddam. Just as the neocons anticipated, this weakening brought on a wave of political change that has shaken the region to its "roots" and the process of violent change is nothing like ended.
In Syria ISIS is fighting the Islamic Front and the Free Syrian Army while the actual Syrian Army watches with what must be great satisfaction.
In Iraq, ISIS has taken advantage of the Shia run government's abusive treatment of Sunni Arabs to seize control of much of Fallujah and Ramadi in Anbar Province. In doing this they have some Sunni tribal allies. The Government of Iraq also has Sunni tribal allies.
We created the basis for this situation in Iraq when we effectively transferred political power from the Sunni Arabs to the Shia Arabs. The Sunnis despise the Shia.
The neocons will argue that if we had not left Iraq this would not have happened. They would be wrong in arguing that. This would have happened whenever we left. Ten more years, fifty years, a hundred years, it mattered not.
Why? It is because the Iraqis are still who they were when we invaded the country. Their struggle for power is real. It is not a matter of misunderstanding and a lack of communication among the groups. pl