September 12, 2014

THE INEVITABLE ALLIES:

What Obama didn't say: How Iran fits into Islamic State fight (Brian Murphy September 11 , 2014, Washington Post)

[I]ran - with deep interests in both Iraq and Syria - has many reasons to also seek the Islamic State's demise. In another of the Middle East's strange-bedfellow outcomes, Iran is likely to be drawn into any Western-led scenarios against the Islamic State militants and their networks.

Here are five reasons why:

SHIITE MUSCLE: Iran has important sway over powerful Shiite militias in Iraq. Some had turned their guns against American troops in the past. Now, units of Shiite fighters have joined the battles against the Sunni-led Islamic State in northern Iraq. The reason is balance of power. Iraq's Shiite factions - and, by extension, Iran - are deeply unsettled by the idea of rising Sunni extremists who condemn Shiite Muslims with the same fervor they denounce the West. [...]

ROOM TO TALK: There are more chances than ever for direct U.S.-Iran dialogue. Channels have been open through the negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. Tehran and Washington also have taken part previously in three-way talks hosted by Iraq.

The WoT has been all about empowering the Shi'a, the region's only natural democrats..

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