Friday, January 10, 2014

Islamists on the March

While the media is in a feeding frenzy over Chris Christie, look what's going on in the Middle East, and tell me which of the two stories is more important. From the Chicago Tribune:

"Al-Qaida is on the march, reportedly seizing partial control of Fallujah and Ramadi in Iraq's Anbar Province with astonishing swiftness. Its aim: Carve out a haven for jihad in a vast stronghold along the border between Syria and Iraq.
Syria's civil war continues, drawing jihadists from across the Middle East in a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and sent millions of people fleeing their homes.
The fight is spreading to Lebanon, where suicide bombers in November killed nearly two dozen people in a blast outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut. Last month, Mohammed Chatah, a prominent critic of Iran-backed Hezbollah and a former ambassador to the U.S., was killed in a powerful car bomb blast.
Egypt's Mubarak-like military leaders are cracking down on Islamists, inviting the same fate as the former dictator.
Afghanistan still battles a tenacious Taliban insurgency, even as most U.S troops are slated to exit by the end of the year...
Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, an arch of chaos."

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