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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Was Iran's General Suleimani at Amerli?

General Suleimani
Just Tuesday I noted that there was evidence of considerable Iranian involvement in lifting the siege of the Iraqi town of Amerli. Now there are reports that the commander of the Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC's) al-Quds Force, its elite unit supporting allies abroad,  General Qasim Suleimani, was actually present at Amerli.

This could of course be propaganda or disinfomation, but earlier reports have aid Gen. Suleimani was in Iraq, organizing the defenses of Baghdad. If true, it suggests Iran is determined to stem the spread of ISIS, even if that means de facto cooperation (via Iraqi and Kurdish intermediaries) with the US.


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was John McCain with Caliph Ibrahim in 2013?