Sunday, February 14, 2016

Russia just flipped a "moderate" Rebel group...they're now fighting for Assad.

via Daily Beast.
Not long ago, U.S. jets and Shia militias worked together to battle ISIS. Today, those militias are trying to take down American proxies in Syria.

Iraqi militias who once fought ISIS with U.S. help are now working with Russian and Iranian forces to crush American-backed rebels in the strategic Syrian city of Aleppo, two defense officials have told The Daily Beast.

At least three Shia militias involved in successful battles against ISIS in Iraq—the Badr Brigade, Kata’ib Hezbollah, and the League of the Righteous—have acknowledged taking casualties in fighting in south and southeast Aleppo province. U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Daily Beast that they believe “at least one” unit of the Badr Brigade is fighting in southern Aleppo alongside other Iraqi militia groups. Those groups are backed by Russian airpower and Iranian troops—and all of whom are bolstering President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Army.

So Russia/Assad have flipped a "moderate" Rebel group and now they're fighting for Syria.  Quite honestly if Turkey continues to pressure the Kurds, I can see them dumping the US, reaching an agreement with Iraq to have a totally autonomous homeland on the Turkish border and then they also turn on the "moderates" that they've been fighting beside.

We shouldn't be surprised.  It's common practice in the Middle East to "ride" the strong horse.

The Middle Eastern realignment is picking up speed...

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