Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has welcomed Syrian air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) militants within Iraqi territory. Al-Maliki confirmed the military action by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in an exclusive interview with BBC News. He added that Iraq had not requested the strikes against the militants. ISIS are seeking to eradicate the border between Iraq and Syria to create an Islamic caliphate based on sectarian divisions as opposed to the borders created by the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement.
It was 98 years ago the Allies of WWI forged a secret agreement to carve up the territories of the Muslim lands. They would form a symbolic precedent for subsequent partitioning of Muslim lands by crusader powers.
Islamic State Report, published by ISIS militants
The group have used an online English-language publication, titled the Islamic State Report, to convey their message to potential Western recruits. The Islamist group continues to threaten key Iraqi infrastructure having captured large swaths of northern Iraq, including the second city of Mosul, alongside its Sunni Muslim allies. The insurgents are closing in on Iraq’s Haditha Dam, home to the country’s second-largest reservoir, raising fears that they will open its floodgates as they did after their capture of Fallujah Dam earlier this year.
Years after the agreement, invisible borders would go on to separate a Muslim and his brother, and pave the way for ruthless, nationalistic tawaghit [idolatry] to entrench the ummah’s [Muslim world’s] division rather than working to unite the Muslims under one imam carrying the banner of truth.
Islamic State Report