Michael Jansen: Unlikely alliances

September 11, 2014 8:37 PM

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The US, Iran, and Saudi Arabia are gradually coming together to wage war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which has become a serious threat to the entire region. For the US, ISIS is a strategic threat challenging its political influence and military presence in this vital region. For the Iranians, ISIS is a sectarian threat as ISIS seeks to unite Sunnis against Shias, a regional and global minority. For the Saudis, ISIS is an existential threat as ISIS challenges the kingdom’s domestic faith-based system as well as its primacy in the Sunni world.

On the ground in northern Iraq, the US military has been cooperating with Iranian-backed militias to counter and contain the advances of ISIS fighters. US warplanes bombed ISIS positions around the Mosul Dam, the largest in Iraq, enabling Kurdish peshmerga forces, which have Iranian advisers, to ret...

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