Click here for my latest Pajamas Media article. This is an update on the Iraq-Syria crisis. The Al-Maliki government continues to accuse Syria of helping Al-Qaeda and other terrorists and insurgents carrying out attacks in Iraq.
Their push for a U.N. tribunal to prosecute those in Syria assisting them has caused a steep drop in violence in Iraq, proving how critical outside support is to the survival of non-state actors.
Update: France is supporting Iraq’s call for a UN tribunal.
That’s right–France is now tougher than the U.S. on Syria.
In related news, the Iraqi Foreign Minister is expressing frustration that the U.S. can’t accept that Baathists and radical Islamic terrorists cooperate on a regularly basis. It is simply incredible to me that the belief that terrorists of different ideological or religious stripes won’t cooperate is still prevalent in the U.S. government. Read MEMRI’s article below:
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zibari has told the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that there is cooperation between the Iraqi Ba’th party and Islamist elements in carrying out the deadly bombings in Iraq, and that the Americans fail to understand such cooperation between a secular political party and religious elements.
He said that Syria is turning a blind eye to activity by Iraqi terror elements on its soil, and France is supporting Iraq’s intent to establish an international investigation committee on the bombings in Iraq.
Source: Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, London, November 19, 2009