Iraq Descends into Chaos

by Ryan on June 14, 2014

in International Relations,The Iraq Front,War on Terror

Iraq is descending into chaos as a terrorist militant group called ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/Levant) has seized the second largest city in Iraq, Mosul, and have stampeded across Anbar province to within 50 miles of Baghdad.

A number of factors are in play:  the fact that the US never renewed the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) leaving a vacuum in the Sunni-dominated areas after 2011; the Syrian Civil War allowing unfettered training grounds for these militants; the preexisting sectarian troubles in Iraq between the Sunnis and Shiites, exacerbated by al Maliki’s government; the wild-card Kurdish areas; and Iran’s potential response.

Iraq is 60% Shiite, who mostly live in the South, South-Central areas.  The areas controlled by ISIS were taken with remarkable speed and ferocity, but also with the blessing of local Sunni tribal leaders.  The Iraqi Security forces melted away once the executions and beheadings began.

The Shiites are the most concerned — al Maliki can’t get anyone to fight, but a cleric roused volunteers to help in Baghdad.  Plus, Iran is on the verge of sending in troops to help their historic enemy — they know a Shiite slaughter is assured with an ISIS victory.  No one wants an al Qaeda affiliated group of monsters in charge of a lawless recruiting ground for worldwide jihad in such a tempestuous area of the world.

Obama’s crew seems completely unprepared to react, implying that Iraq has to “solve their problems.”  Ground troops are off the table, but we are mulling air strikes.

By the way, Secretary of State John Kerry is in London reciting poetry during all of this, while the President is playing some golf this weekend in between fundraisers.  They obviously either don’t care or can’t see the gravity of the situation. Can’t wait to see gas prices if an al Qaeda-linked group of monsters are in charge of most of Iraq’s oil.

By the way, the leader of ISIS was in US custody, but was released by the Obama Administration in 2009.  Kind of puts a fresh perspective on the recent Bergdahl exchange.

UPDATETony Blair takes a swipe at our foreign policy, while a video is circulating around of Mitt Romney predicting this mess in 2007 if we ended up leaving Iraq too quickly.

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rightonoz June 17, 2014 at 3:02 am

Saw this coming.

First the invasion shouldn’t have happened, then so many wrong steps since, both Bush and Obama (more Obama).

Who’d have thunk we’d be talking to Iran about how to stop this??? (The country that should have been invaded IMHO).

A little topical, released my second novel which includes Iran’s secret nuclear program. http://amzn.com/B00L0JZNZM (Free download on Amazon for 5 days) – The sub-title – NATANZ the site of one of their facilities.

Cheers

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