There is a contradiction in this report; we all know that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (Qods Force) was designated as terrorist organization by the US State Department. The question is why in chapter 6 of State Department’s report on terrorism 2013, the name of the IRGC – Qods Force has been deleted from the list of the Foreign Terrorist Organizations! Has IRGC-QF been delisted? ![DID]
8.39am GMT Syria
• At least 40 Syrian soldiers, together with several Iraqis, have been killed in Iraq’s western Anbar province, in the most serious cross border spill over of the conflict to date. The group were ambushed by unidentified gunmen as the Iraqi military were escorting them back to Syria in a bus convoy, the New York Times reports.
• The spillover into Iraq is an alarming development, warns Middle East analyst Juan Cole. In his latest blogpost he writes:
Shia-ruled Iraq faces an on-going guerrilla war from radical Sunnis, some of them apparently now fighting in Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria. In addition, the Sunni Arab population of the west and the north of the country, about a fifth of the population, has been demonstrating peacefully against the Maliki government, with large rallies, for several months. Maliki is afraid that if the Sunni radicals win Damascus, there will be severe effects on Mosul and Ramadi. Indeed, those effects may already have begun.