The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) advances to almost Baghdad is causing immense tension around the Gulf Littoral states. Iran is already placing IRGC forces for a fight that includes al-Quds forces that are active in the Shiite areas between Basra and Baghdad. Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is calling for Shiite militias to activate given the call by ISIS to “seize Karbala and Nijaf.” The religious war between ISIS’s extremist goals and the preservation of the Shiite order in Iraq is in full swing. The resulting clash is likely to be brutal with echoes spilling into the Arabian Peninsula.
Creating a new thaw?
Will the Gulf be caught up in the sectarian discourse prevalent during the 2000s in Iraq when identity was measured by religion?Dr. Theodore Karasik