The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday seized control of the key Syrian border town of Albu Kamal after a fierce three-day battle with rival fighters, AFP reported.As the article observes, this is on top of ISIS having "seized a chemical weapons facility, Iraq's largest oil refinery, and become the "world's richest terrorist organization" by looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars ($425 million) from banks in Mosul." (Remember, though, Iraq didn't have weapons of mass destruction, so the chemical weapons factory is probably just a facility to process baby formula). Reports also indicate that ISIS has captured the al-Omar oil field--the largest oil field in eastern Syria.
A spokesman for rebels fighting ISIS as well as President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime said the jihadists took the town after pouring in reinforcements from neighboring Iraq, where they have overrun chunks of territory in a swift offensive.
Meanwhile, other news stories continue to suggest the continued collapse of the Iraqi military. For instance, Reuters reports that Saudi Arabia has moved 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq after Iraqi troops abandoned the area. And top Pentagon officials have stated that Iraq will probably not be able to recover territory lost to ISIS without outside (i.e., U.S.) help. I think the Pentagon is being generous. Iraq will likely lose even more territory to ISIS; and, at some point, the Kurds will realize that there is nothing to be gained by staying part of Iraq.
Meanwhile, in this hemisphere, La Raza turned out to intimidate citizens of Murrieta, California, where protesters forced the Border Patrol to take a horde of illegal aliens elsewhere. La Raza is a racist-hate group--it's name means "the Race." The group was chanting, "viva la raza," which means "long live the race." I wonder where this could be heading?