Assad struck at positions held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) along the border between Syria and Iraq. Maliki:
"There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action. We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis, because this group targets both Iraq and Syria... But we didn't make any request from Syria. They carry out their strikes and we carry out ours. The final winners are our two countries."
This makes the Syria regime our ally in Iraq, but our enemy in Syria. Iran is also our ally in Iraq, and our enemy in Syria.
In fact, late news is that the Obama administration is asking the US Congress to approve $500 million to train and equip "moderate" opposition forces in Syria. So keep your scorecards up to date, Dear Reader.
As I said many years ago, based on a Generational Dynamics analysis, Iran will be our ally and the Sunni Arab states will be our enemy in the approaching Clash of Civilizations world war. These trends are moving the region in that direction. BBC and Guardian (London)