World View: Saudi Arabia's Armed Forces on High Alert as ISIS Approaches

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
  • Syrian regime warplanes bomb ISIS on Iraq border, becoming our ally
  • Saudi Arabia's armed forces on high alert as ISIS approaches
  • Four questions ISIS uses to tell Sunni from Shia
  • Thousands of Ukrainians flee east Ukraine for Russia

Syrian regime warplanes bomb ISIS on Iraq border, becoming our ally

Warplanes from the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad struck at positions held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) along the border between Syria and Iraq. Initial reports indicated that the warplanes' targets were within Iraq, though reports differ. According to Iraq's president Nouri al-Maliki: 

"There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action. We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis, because this group targets both Iraq and Syria... But we didn't make any request from Syria. They carry out their strikes and we carry out ours. The final winners are our two countries."

This makes the Syria regime our ally in Iraq, but our enemy in Syria. Iran is also our ally in Iraq, and our enemy in Syria. 

In fact, late news is that the Obama administration is asking the US Congress to approve $500 million to train and equip "moderate" opposition forces in Syria. So keep your scorecards up to date, Dear Reader. 

As I said many years ago, based on a Generational Dynamics analysis, Iran will be our ally and the Sunni Arab states will be our enemy in the approaching Clash of Civilizations world war. These trends are moving the region in that direction. BBC and Guardian (London)

Saudi Arabia's armed forces on high alert as ISIS approaches

With the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) having taken control of border posts in Iraq on the border with Jordan, putting Saudi Arabia's security in danger, Saudi King Abdullah has put the army and security forces on the highest alert. According to the Saudi state-run news agency:

"Anticipating (that) the terrorist organizations or others might carry out actions that might disturb the security of the homeland, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has ordered taking all necessary measures to protect the gains of the homeland and its territories in addition to the security and stability of the Saudi people."

Saudi reconnaissance planes have found ISIS terrorists heading for the Saudi border, aiming to seize control of the Iraqi-Saudi border crossing at Ar Ar. CNN and Debka

Four questions ISIS uses to tell Sunni from Shia

When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) conquers a new village, one chore the terrorists have to go through is to decide whom in the village to let live, and whom to torture, rape, mutilate and kill. Since ISIS is devoted to exterminating apostate Shia Muslims, making that decision requires figuring out whether each citizen is Shia or Sunni. According to reports that are coming out of Iraq, the ISIS terrorists ask four questions to determine whom to kill: 

  • "What's your name?" Some names are more likely to be Shia.
  • "What's your address?" Shias often live in enclaves in the village being conquered.
  • "How do you pray?" Shias and Sunnis have slightly different hand and arm positions during praying.
  • "What music do you like?" Even the ringtone on a person's telephone might be a clue.

People can easily get tripped up if they try to lie. Others refuse to lie about their faith. Times of India

Thousands of Ukrainians flee east Ukraine for Russia

A ceasefire that's been in place in eastern Ukraine for the last few days is due to expire on Friday, and thousands of Ukrainians are in long lines on the border with Russia, fleeing the expected violence. Earlier this week, Russian migration officials said that more than 90,000 refugees had already crossed the border. 

The fear is that, once the ceasefire ends, the violence between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists will surge, putting civilians' lives in danger. Western leaders are asking Russia's president Vladimir Putin to call on the pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms, and to do so "in the next few hours," to prevent further bloodshed. AP and VOA

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