Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Further down the Euphrates river

Reuters --

Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents. The Iraqi army, police and Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias - backed by air strikes from a U.S.-led coalition - imposed a near total siege late last year on Falluja, located 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad in the Euphrates river valley.

Al-Assad regime sieges of Syrian towns are rightly getting a lot of attention, especially when set against the farce of "peace" talks in the luxury of Geneva. But there's a major blind spot about similar sieges in Iraq, because the alignment of international "partners" and local forces is different. And remember, re-taking Mosul from ISIS will be all this multiplied many times.

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