BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Secretary of State John Kerry is in Baghdad trying to get that country’s leaders to stop their political bickering and work together to solve the ISIS crisis that threatens to topple the fragile government led by prime minister Nuri al-Maliki.
In meetings with Iraqi officials and leaders of the Sunni and Shia communities, Kerry pointed out that military intervention will not solve Iraq’s ancient sectarian conflicts.
That Sunni / Shia conflict may have been behind the reported execution of Judge Raouf Abdul Rahman.
Al-Mesryoon reports that ISIS captured and killed the man who sentenced Sadaam Hussein to death.
If that happened, it could mean the rumors are true that former generals in Sadaam’s Baathist party have joined up with the Sunni fighters.
ISIS now controls a strategic border crossing between Iraq and Syria, and several towns in Anbar province.
One of those towns is on the border with Jordan, meaning ISIS could soon have the ability to cross freely into Jordan, Syria and Saudi Arabia.
The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is also turning into a merchandising machine.
Web sites and Facebook pages, mostly from Indonesia, are selling ISIS t-shirts and other items of clothing, along with a variety of other jihadi apparel, because no self-respecting terrorist, or make-believe jihadist would dare be seen in public without a hoodie.