Syria, Iran step up their involvement in Iraq as conflict intensifies


A Syrian air plane attacks a market in Al-Qa'm, killing 71 Iraqis and injuring 37. Two more Syrian air planes bombed an area east of Talafar, killing and injuring more Iraqi civilians.    June 24, 2014
A Syrian air plane attacks a market in Al-Qa’m, killing 71 Iraqis and injuring 37. Two more Syrian air planes bombed an area east of Talafar, killing and injuring more Iraqi civilians.
June 24, 2014
The sectarian conflict in Iraq threatened to intensify beyond its borders Tuesday, as Syrian Army warplanes bombed Sunni strongholds in western Iraq and Iran reportedly began sending in military equipment and flying unarmed surveillance drones over the country.

The news comes as the first U.S. Special Forces arrived in Baghdad Tuesday, with 40 troops assigned to Iraq as part of a group of 300 military advisers President Obama said he would deploy to the country.

According to local officials in Anbar province, at least 57 Iraqi civilians were killed and more than 120 wounded on Tuesday after the Syrian regime bombed the area, CNN reports. Local officials said the planes bore the Syrian flag and attacked markets and fuel stations in the region.

The Washington Post reported that the Syrian government bombed Sunni militant targets in Iraq, while initial Iraq media reports said the attacks near Iraq’s western border were carried out by U.S. drones.

The attack marks the first serious involvement in the current Iraq crisis by President Bashar Assad’s regime. The Syrian air force has been accused of widespread bombings of civilians within the nation’s borders.

Citing anonymous military officials, the New York Times reports that Iran has been sending two daily flights of 70 tons of military equipment and supplies to Iraq, in addition to launching a small fleet of drones over the country. Both Iran and the U.S. oppose the Sunni militia waging an offensive in Iraq.

The Pentagon said late Tuesday that it is scheduling 30 to 35 surveillance flights over Iraq each day. About 90 troops have been assigned to Baghdad’s joint operations center.

Sunni militants allied with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) surrounded one of Iraq’s largest air bases on three sides Wednesday and were mounting a major attack after seizing several oilfields in the north of the country, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, a diplomatic solution to the conflict seems unlikely in the short term, with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refusing Wednesday to form a broad-based government to placate the Sunni insurgency, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Maliki met with Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday in Baghdad, while Obama administration officials have voiced desires to see fresh leadership in Iraq.




33 responses to “Syria, Iran step up their involvement in Iraq as conflict intensifies”

  1. wargame1 Avatar

    This was the ultimate goal i.e. to bomb indiscriminately in those areas which are already under the control of the tribal sunni rebel in Iraq. Al-Qaeda/ISIL were brought just in time in order to legitimize the Assad style bombing. The whole ISIL operation is a hoax. Its the sunni tribal rebel who are already captured those places. It would be immediately condemned by the whole world if Iran and Maliki would bomb where there were no ISIL. Now its fully “Legitimate”.
    NOW the Syrian war plane is also bombing in Iraq!! well what about those ISIL invaded place in Syria? Why not bombing there? Its all getting too ugly to hide.

    1. barabie Avatar

      “The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) said on Friday that
      describing the rebels who drove the Iraqi army from several cities as
      operatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is
      incorrect. They decried the designations as an attempt to abort the
      uprising in the country.

      In the statement reported by the Jordanian Assabeel
      newspaper, AMSI said that the ISIS label is a clear distortion which
      does not change the reality that Iraqi rebels are the main component of
      this uprising.

      Meanwhile, the AMSI also denounced the call by an ISIS spokesman for
      fighters to head towards Karbala and Al-Najaf. They described they call
      as “irresponsible and objectionable.”

      About the routing of the Iraqi army, the statement said: “This is an
      achievement that will infuriate many parties inside and outside Iraq,
      including those with external agendas that harmed the country for

      Despite claims that it was the ISIS which took over the cities and
      towns, several Iraqi sources have pointed out that tribal rebels as well
      as other Iraqi fighters constitute the main force currently fighting
      the Iraqi army, in addition to some affiliated to ISIS.

      1. Btru2u Avatar

        How have “you” been Barabie I hope your well, , I’ve been so flat out , working. There is pressure when we work and there is pressure when we don’t work .
        I would rather work and contribute to society , rather than leach from it .

        1. barabie Avatar

          I’ve been very good thank u for asking. It’s good to see you back again. I generally don’t comment on this site much anymore although occasionally I can’t resist the urge.

      2. wargame1 Avatar

        ISIS is a Iranian fifth column. I have been following the Iraqi resistance movement for atleast 6 months and in this time I have never seen any ISIS element. Those areas which ISIS supposedly captured are already captured by the tribal sunni rebel. Bringing ISIS in to the picture helped Iran and the Syrian regime bomb the area in the name of bombing ISIS. You may visit the youtube channel where you see hundreds of attack video by the sunni tribal rebel and you find not a single ISIS video. ISIS’s Iraq conquest is a hoax. Here is the youtube channel. Please visit


        1. Humptygibtip Avatar

          Wish people knew or tried to know. Someday soon they will wakeup from their deep slumber.

        2. AkhouManUki Avatar

          It also helped bring Obama to Iran’s side

    2. Btru2u Avatar

      i think you have a point, but how can we be certain. After all , we do not want to side against our brothers who are rising against the oppressive shia, alawite , and western tyrants,
      This is all too confusing, Inshallah, may truth and justice prevail soon.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Your first ‘confusion’ is ‘belief’.

        1. Btru2u Avatar

          On the contrary that is my certainty, (faith in Allah(swt)
          And time will tell after this short stint on this tiny planet.
          I’m sorry to tell you though If you remain with this arrogant attitude you will have no hope., except the destination of the damned.
          We are all being tested, don’t you see.

      2. Humptygibtip Avatar

        Good that you have been busy with work and contributing to society, unlike people here and elsewhere who are not and are busy propagating falsehoods, confusion, bigotry, etc.
        Many people on here are confused due to the lack of wisdom and insight on Religious, Historical, and Political understanding.
        Many question what and whom to believe, and whose side to take as both groups accuse other of being in bed with Zionists. To make it simple and form a judgment you need to understand, learn, and read the history then you will know the deceptions, deceits, treacheries, alliances, allegiances, etc. of shiites done against Islam and its true followers since the inception of this zionist cult by its founder abd-ibn-saba.
        Read books written by highly revered Shiite scholars hinting and favoring Zionists and shirk, putting their imams over God and Prophets, for starters read usul-al-kafi written by Al kulaini.
        No wonder their so called hidden 12th imam is nobody else but Dajjal, The False Messiah, The Anti-Christ, Lucifer, The King, The Fallen Angel, etc. and no wonder he is going to come from Isfahan, Iran.
        No wonder why hezbusatan, Assad, Iran, or for that matter Shiites never go full out against Zionists like they do against the naive and helpless Sunnis.
        Try to avoid the Fitna and be steadfast in your beliefs and don’t fall for their deceptions, sob stories, false flags, fabrications, accusations, lies, oppressed and victims card, deceits, etc.
        Keep doing good for yourself, your family, society, and pray for Hedayah and Peace.

        1. man-o-war Avatar

          “Shiites never go full out against Zionists like they do against the naive and helpless Sunnis”, lol!

          1. Humptygibtip Avatar

            Glad you read and liked it….thank you!:)

          2. man-o-war Avatar

            Your best joke yet!

        2. man-o-war Avatar


          1. Humptygibtip Avatar

            Thank you for repeating their names….you already became GOOD!:)
            Don’t stop the good work!:)

        3. Lol, good to see your Cleric has been bashing your brain with shit.

          1. Humptygibtip Avatar

            lol…what my dear brain bashed shit? Thank you for your read and comment!:)

  2. Cooperation of Syria, Iran, Iraq and the United States against ISIL is a complete removal of the brain

    1. Israel bombing Syria, Syria bombing Iraq, Iraq bombing …

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Do you remember the ending of the movie? They are working up to it, I think. Again.
        ‘Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)’
        Perhaps it wasn’t ‘popular’ (or allowed to be seen) in some places …..

        1. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) published data on how go nuclear disarmament: world powers are in no hurry to give up its nuclear arsenal, preferring to wait until the neighbor will do it first, number of nuclear weapons decreased, but it has become deadlier. Reducing arsenals, country-holders can actively invest in technological innovations

  3. Fauzia45 Avatar

    This is what they have been planning !!!!

  4. Btru2u Avatar

    As long as Muslims kill Muslims , there will be no victory for the Muslims.

    In the name of Allāh, most Beneficent, Most Merciful
    “Allāh does not like that the evil should be uttered in public except by him who has been wronged. And Allāh is ever All-Hearer, All-Knower.” [1]
    All praise is due to Allāh, the one who has sent down the Book (the Qur’ān) in truth and the Balance (i.e. to act justly), so that mankind may maintain justice. May peace and salutations be upon our leader Muḥammad, who brought glad tidings and warnings to mankind. He is the teacher of good and the caller to the way of Allāh with wisdom and beautiful manner, as for what follows…
    Allāh the Most High has favoured the people of al-Shām to carry out Jihād in his sake against an evil and despicable regime. Despite what this entails of pain and sacrifice, considering the stubborn ruthlessness of this enemy and the betrayal of those close and those further away, Allāh has made the fighters steadfast, supporting them with his victory in ways they did not anticipate.
    The most distinctive aspect in the Jihād in Syria is its purity and full dedication to Allāh the most high, without deviating from its objective or its strategy, in spite of modest military resource and financial income. With the passing of time, certain groups have emerged who do not give general allegiance to the populace of fighters and swear allegiance to their own agenda. We had therefore released a statement surrounding the rebel group ‘the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ and the allegiance of al-Nusra front (to groups external to Syria), attempting through this statement to stop a great tribulation (Fitnah) from occurring. In that statement we paid special attention to the danger of the actions of these groups on the ranks of the rebels and on the Jihād, the greatest of which is potential hostility arising between the Mujahideen and the danger in seeking external intervention against the Mujahideen in particular and the Syrian populace in general.
    As a matter of fact, Syria’s situation has worsened and the great tribulation that has occurred is that certain factions have given allegiance to themselves as ‘the State’, harassing Mujahideen from other brigades and aggressing against them. We consequently released a second statement addressing these factions by means of anonymity, to maintain leniency in language and tone and fearing the repercussions of internal division and conflict. This was in response to those who insisted we concentrate efforts on our joint enemy and in sanctity of Muslim blood. Many individuals intermediated to achieve reconciliation between the rebel groups, but this only increased those fanaticised groups in their aggression and enmity.
    It has thus become incumbent upon us through the covenant that Allāh took upon us: “and remember) when Allāh took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture to make it known and clear to mankind, and not to hide it”[2] that we be forthright in what we say to protect the Jihād, to advise the people, wanting good for those who oppose us and in our anxiety over them: “…so that those who were to be destroyed might be destroyed after a clear evidence, and those who were to live might live after a clear evidence….”[3]
    The group called ‘the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) have added to the Syrian community a number of evils and tribulations, most notably by:
    1) Intruding into the Syrian nation by calling themselves ‘the State’ without any real existence of components that make it a legitimate or actual state and without consulting the Scholars and those recognised leaders with executive authority.
    2) Claiming that they exclusively follow the correct methodology (Manhaj) and their disparagement of all those who oppose them.
    3) Their excessiveness in Takfīr (accusing others of disbelief) and testing others in this. The act of accusing others of disbelief and treachery with death threats has become widespread amongst their followers.
    4) Accusing those who oppose them of treason and disloyalty to Jihād, even if the latter is someone who has preceded them in Jihād and surpasses them with knowledge.
    5) Refusing to refer their conflicts or disagreements to legitimate courts, except to those that are under their control and in conformance to their viewpoint.
    6) Occupying other fighters from fighting the regime to battles against ISIL’s desire for allegiance and to expand their ‘state’, in addition to ISIL’s continued attempts to seize economic and military supply routes from the Mujahideen.
    7) Intentionally harassing different rebel factions and spilling the blood of protected individuals impermissibly, with great disregard.
    8) Arresting Mujahideen, scholars and callers to Islam, journalists and activists, interrogating them and impeding humanitarian relief efforts and Islamic work by ‘doubting correct methodology ‘Manhaj’.
    9) Creating differences and transferring them to military fronts, causing discord and splitting.
    Therefore, in applying our Lord’s instruction of clarifying the truth and in an attempt to protect the Jihād in Syria from becoming like that in other countries, the association maintains that:
    A) The leaders of ISIL to return to the truth, to listen to the sincere advisors and to correct these irregularities and errors. It is impermissible for its followers to remain in this group so long as these errors persist.
    B) ISIL carries the full responsibility of the violations and crimes that have occurred as a result of its aggression and enmity. We also hold ISIL responsible for the repercussions of what other rebel groups resort to in self-defence and in defence of possessions: “And indeed whosoever takes revenge after he has suffered wrong, for such there is no way (of blame) against them. The way (of blame) is only against those who oppress men and rebel in the earth without justification…”
    C) All of those around the world who are heard by ISIL should speak the truth unequivocally. After what has occurred, it is not befitting for them to remain silent fearing a tribulation (Fitnah), because the Fitnah occurred in silence.
    D) Those who support the Jihād in Syria should fear Allāh and be careful where their financial contribution and that of the Muslims end up, so that their contributions do not result in the spillage of blood and in the destruction of those fighting against the regime.
    E) Those factions that have been assaulted or harassed by ISIL should practice self-restraint to the best of their ability and try their best to reconcile and settle any dispute.
    F) The remaining sincere individual brigades and small factions should continue to unite with the larger factions as this will be to the detriment of the regime and will better protect the strength of the Mujahideen.
    Sincere Mujahideen: Rewards accompany adversities and in tribulations the hearts are differentiated and ranks are purified. “Allāh will not leave the believers in the state in which you are now, until He distinguishes the wicked from the good…” Have patience and be more patient than your enemy, guard your territory “and you will be superior (in victory) if you are indeed (true) believers.” “Allāh is with you and He will never decrease the reward of your good deeds.”
    Allāh has full power and control over His Affairs all praise is due to him alone.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Sounds good, Btru2u. I doubt it’s workable.

  5. zabada Avatar

    “I am a most unhappy man. I have
    unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is

    controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The

    growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a

    few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely

    controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world – no longer a

    Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote

    of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of

    dominant men.” – Woodrow Wilson.It is Jews ,Zionist who enslave the west to
    destroy middle east.All the the chaos you see now planed by Jews in America and
    Uk.They do this after 9 11..then America dethrone Saddam.Hence syiah and sunni
    will engage in war for ever.Fortunately Sunni rebel on Syiah in Syria.Jews are
    too happy if Iran intervene in Iraq.By that Jews are fully destroying both
    syiah and Sunni.America will not intervene.It is what they do now.send only 300
    armies.Let them perish and die.Jews want this.American die for Jews in
    Iraq.Jews are too smart for whites Europeans and muslims.Like Saddam make mistake by invaded Kuwait,now Iran make the same mistake by sending sending weapons and their armies to Iraq and Syria.By that Jews are fully destroying bot Syiah and Sunni.If all Sunni on the earth are figthing and killing Syiah,Syiah map will be wiped out forever.Iran eventually make big mistake by engage war with Iraqis Sunni.Fish had ate a bait.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      You sure Zabada??
      I thought it was ‘NRA’ ….. not ‘JEW’ … NRA has only 4 million. Much fewer. 😉

      1. zabada Avatar

        For sure.Many scholars acknowledge this. I don,t know who are NRA.

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