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Region In Flames As Syria War Grinds On


Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan—and even Iran. All are feeling the effects of the civil war in Syria. Let’s take a look at what’s happened the past few days.

At least 34 people were killed in as many as eight car bomb attacks in Iraq yesterday. Hundreds were wounded. One bomb exploded just a few yards from the heavily guarded international zone in Baghdad. 1,057 people were killed last month; each of the last few months has been the deadliest the country has witnessed since the the civil war ended years ago. “Iraq’s streets have become a battleground for sectarian people who are motivated by hatred and religious edicts and daring to kill innocent people,” read a statement by the Interior Ministry, which earlier said the country was facing “open war.” “The spiraling conflict in Syria has provided a sanctuary for leaders of Al Qaeda’s Iraq affiliate who are orchestrating attacks in Baghdad and other cities, posing a fresh challenge for efforts to maintain security there,” the New York Times reported today.

A bomb blew up in Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut yesterday, killing at least 22. Hezbollah has been heavily involved in the Syrian war for months. Violence in Lebanon has exploded as a result: in the northern city of Tripoli, where Sunni and Shia supporters of different groups in Syria battle each other at home; in Beirut and southern and eastern Lebanon where Hezbollah is strong; and even in Sidon on the southern coast. Naturally, Hezbollah blamed the Beirut bombing on Israel.

Even Iran is feeling the effects. Iran supports Butcher Assad, of course, and Iranians have been fighting in the civil war in Syria for many months, but the conflict has not struck home until now: “Arab insurgents blew up a gas pipeline in Iran last week and dedicated the attack to their brothers in arms in Syria,” Reuters reported today.

The toxic consequences of the Syrian civil war roll on with no end in sight.

[Lebanese soldiers and policemen work on the scene of the previous day’s car bomb explosion between the Bir el-Abed and Roueiss neighbourhoods, in the southern suburbs of Beirut on August 16, 2013. Photo courtesy of Getty Images]

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  • Pete

    Yes, the Middle East is aflame.

    Muslims are killing each other with abandon — and they’re murdering Christians, too. If there were any Jews in their reach, the Muslims would get them too.

    But just so we all understand the reality of it all: There is essentially nothing the U.S. can do to stop this carnage. Nor was there anything we could have done to have prevented it.

    And the prognosis? Well, we ain’t seen nothing yet. The various Muslim sects, I fear, are just getting warmed up.

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