At least 50 people died in western Iraq on Tuesday due to Syrian airstrikes. For the past two days, Bashar Assad’s regime has assisted Iraq as it struggles to stem the tide of Sunni radicals advancing across the country.
The Syrian support comes in addition to special forces operations troops sent by Iran.
“We are now facing aggressive Iranian attacks at Arab hands,” said Abdullah al Shimmari, a member of the Anbar Tribal Military Council, which is aligned with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “Our response to that will be soon,” he added, as reported by The Wall Street Journal Tuesday.
In the western city of Haditha, ISIL members were also demanding that tribal leaders turn over individuals who helped the U.S. in 2007 and 2008 during the the Awakening movement, the Journal reported.
Full article: Syrian warplanes strike inside Iraq in effort to derail ISIL advance (Washington Times)