The Islamic State piles pressure on Baghdad

Islamic State militants have targeted the Iraq capital Baghad in a new wave of car bombs attacks.In the latest developments the (IS) militant group has been driven out of most of the northern Syrian town of Kobane

As we know the situation changes hour by hour. US-led air strikes have helped push back the militants, with another 14 conducted over the past 24 hours.

This is also possible thanks to Kurdish forces that moved along with the Us led invasion. These Kurdish fighters as we know it are affiiated to the PKK the Kurdistan Workers’ Party which represent around 25% of the Turkish propulation.

They are the enemies of Turkey’s central government as they have been fighting for their autnomy. They want to join fellow fighters in Syria.

But Turkey It has refused to allow free movement for fighters and supplies in and out of the city and has been reluctant to let US forces use its Incirlik air base.

As we know it there is an ongoing crisis in Turkey and that’s why the attention is shifting over there now. It’s interesting to point out how Turkey’s role has become quite controversial.

Some of the fighting is among Kurds, between Turkey’s Islamist Hezbollah group – which backs Islamic State (IS) – and supporters of the PKK, the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is vehemently opposed to IS militants.

Assad engineers his re-election


Syria’s first election on tuesday in more than 40 years, comes in the middle of a three-year civil war that activists say has killed tens of thousands of people.

The results were announced on wed when Al Assad won a third term in office after securing 88% of votes (the other two candidates secured aroun the 3%). The result reinforces President al-Assad’s hold on power, underlying the failure of U.S. policies aimed at inducing him to step down.

The opposition has denounced the election as a sham, and Western governments say they will not recognize its legitimacy. There are no serious opposition contenders or independent monitors, and voting only took place in areas under government control, as much of northern and eastern Syria is in rebel hands.

With neither side able to inflict a decisive defeat on the other, the international community long ago concluded that only a political solution could end to the conflict in Syria. However, a number of attempts by the Arab League and the UN to broker ceasefires and start dialogue have failed.

Then, in May 2013, the US and Russia began work to convene a conference in Switzerland. Recent attempts broke down at the beginning of the year with Syria insting on the necessity to fight the rebels and not accepting their requests.

The government has sought to present this vote as a democratic solution to Syria’s three-year conflict, although a win for Assad is certain to prolong the war.