Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Consider them armed and dangerous.

"The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein's former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated July 1 and made public Tuesday, Baghdad's UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said "armed terrorist groups" entered the Muthanna project site on the night of June 11 after disarming the soldiers guarding it."

If ISIS has the ability to take over such facilities, long term entrenchment could wield chemical weapons. I'm sure that's not a comforting thought to it's neighbors and dissidents.

Meanwhile, the Kurds in the North continue their march towards independence.  I have felt that this is a good thing for the region, if a silver lining could be found.  The Kurds independence could help balance out the fundamentalism in the region, and give the U.S. and the Israeli's an ally in the region.  Along with their location and it's vast richs of oil, they have the resources to be a proud, and prosperous nation given a chance.