Iraq crisis: Baghdad prepares for the worst as Islamist militants vow to capture the capital

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Iraq is breaking up. The Kurds have taken the northern oil city of Kirkuk that they have long claimed as their capital. Sunni fundamentalist fighters vow to capture Baghdad and the Shia holy cities further south.

Government rule over the Sunni Arab heartlands of north and central Iraq is evaporating as its 900,000-strong army disintegrates. Government aircraft have fired missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, captured by Isis on Monday, but the Iraqi army has otherwise shown no sign of launching a counter-attack.

The nine-year Shia dominance over Iraq, established after the US, Britain and other allies overthrew Saddam Hussein, may be coming to an end. The Shia may continue to hold the capital and the Shia-majority provinces further south, but they will have great difficulty in re-establishing their authority over Sunni provinces from which their army has fled.

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    • No. He does not care. His policies have ducked responsibility from Libya to Syria, even Egypt and those who do evil know how he will react. Russian tanks in the Ukraine, and all Putin needs to say is no they are not there. More reason not to do anything. The blame for Iraq will be on the failure of the Iraqi government not to “reach out”to Sunnis. The reason for his press conference last Friday was to set the blame up. But who has really embolden the terrorists, the evil, the brutality? Our fearless leader. When the ISIS leader Baghdadi was released from prison, he told Americans “I’ll see you guys in New York”. Now he has 450 million from the Mosul bank and can probably buy terror anywhere. But our president wanted to say the war was over back in 2011, pulled all troops out blaming the Iraq government again, while this war will never really be over, especially with this president as our leader.

  1. If it was up to me, not one more drop of American blood. What will Obama do? Whatever his handlers tell him to do. Just a puppet on a string.

    • I agree – I don’t want to see anymore American blood shed in Iraq either.

      But if the jihadists overthrow the Iraqi government, will the Obama administration be able to stay out of it?

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