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Jihadists cancelling each other out

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Submitted by LindaK (United States), Jun 19, 2014 at 01:53

I was visualizing the conflict as ISIS fighting both Iraq's Sunni and Shia. Perhaps it will evolve into a civil war, but it doesn't appear to be one now? It appears to be a jihad by ISIS against the state of Iraq. At least one Sunni group was said to be kicking in with the government. Now, of course, Iran's in the picture.

So, were you visualizing the conflict evolving into (or already is) a civil war with Sunni/ISIS (with Turkey backing) against Shia/Iran? The jihadis fighting each other would be ISIS vs..Iran?

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ISIS fights Shi'is mainly but also - as today's news informs us - any Sunnis who get in its way.

I see a Sunni-Shi'i war already underway in a number of countries, especially Syria and Iraq, with the possibility of it growing to include Turkey and Iran directly confronting each other.

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