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  1. #1 Al-Qaeda’s ISIS Now Controls Huge Swath of Iraq’s Anbar Province 
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    Next door to Syria, an al-Qaeda-linked group is also gaining ground in Iraq
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...c_story_1.html

    ...Iraq’s western desert in Anbar province, which has a long and porous border with Syria, has been dubbed the “Jazeera Emirate.” Militants have launched an especially relentless wave of attacks on the city of Fallujah over the past two months, including the assassination of its mayor, Adnan Hussein, who was shot Nov. 13 by a rooftop sniper.

    “Al-Qaeda controls 40 percent of the desert area of Anbar province,” said Sabah Karhout, the chairman of the Anbar Provincial Council.

    Iraqi security forces have struck back, but — in a stark contrast to when they were working in concert with U.S. Special Forces — they have far less technological capacity to gather signals intelligence and less analytical capacity to assemble different bits of information into clear pictures that would help them plan operations.

    Instead, they often appear to be relying on blunt tactics that threaten to alienate the local population. After the killing of Fallujah’s mayor, for example, police arrested about 400 people and held many of them for more than two weeks without charges, according to families of several of the detainees....
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    We suck at the long game. It requires stable policy, persistence, and commitment to a goal that may be expensive and unpopular long before it can be reached, all of which are the things our form of government can't handle.
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    The middle eastern and African people are incapable of governing themselves, as politically incorrect as that is history proves it to be true, the #1 impediment is Islam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DumbAss Tanker View Post
    We suck at the long game. It requires stable policy, persistence, and commitment to a goal that may be expensive and unpopular long before it can be reached, all of which are the things our form of government can't handle.
    I remember talking to a Vietnam vet friend of mine right before the Iraq war started. He was opposed to the war for exactly that reason: the US, as he put it, would win the war but lose the occupation. Apparently Afghanistan's "long game" is running into problems for the US:

    Afghanistan agrees to pact with Iran, while resisting US accord
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12...peration-pact/
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    Isis works for al Qaeda? Shazam must be so disappointed in her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Isis works for al Qaeda? Shazam must be so disappointed in her.
    Not nearly as much as Osiris is, I'm sure.
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