[Marxism] Fwd: BBC News - Iraq crisis: Sunni rebels 'ready to turn on Islamic State'

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 31 06:50:36 MDT 2014


The tribal and military rebels, who had been fighting government forces 
since January, played a role in the spectacular advances scored after IS 
- in its previous guise as Isis - erupted into Iraq from Syria in June 
and captured the second city, Mosul, among other mainly Sunni areas.

But since then, the Sunni groups have been suppressed, with IS ordering 
them to join its own ranks or disarm.

"Living with IS is like holding burning coals in your hand," said Mr 
al-Zubaai. "They do not tolerate any other flag to be raised. They 
control all Sunni areas now."

He said tribal militants from the military councils clashed with IS at 
Garma, near Falluja recently, killing 16 of the Islamic radicals.

full: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28978941



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