The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has outgrown even al-Qaeda as it seeks to establish a new caliphate.
President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.
Annnd it begins. US funding of terrorists, always a stunning idea.
Bashar’s father Hafez al-Assad was brutal but never used chemical arms. And do you know which was the first army to use gas in the Middle East?
Damascus, Syria: One milliion people rally in support of the Assad government and against Western imperialist intervention, October 12, 2011.
A pro-Assad protester on the streets of Beirut - Getty via Guardian.co.uk