Friday, 13 June 2014

Jihadists Capture Iraqi Cities One-by-One

Jihadists in Iraq continued their offensive Wednesday, capturing Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit. With a population of nearly 260,000, the takeover of the city represents another victory for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Tuesday, the insurgent group captured Mosul, the second largest city in the war-torn country. RT's Ameera David discusses the fragile political and security situation in Iraq as well the latest on the Blackwater trial with retired Marine and political researcher Jake Diliberto.

Notice the guest says ISIS is populated by numerous foreign fighters - undoubtedly sponsored by Saudi Arabia and Western intelligence.

The use of this proxy army benefits this western military alliance because it undermines the Iraqi and Syrian Governments that were intent on making oil deals with Iran. In the war with Syria, designed to also destroy the threat to Israel, the Iraqi army had prevented jihadists from crossing the border.

From a geopolitical perspective the events playing out here make perfect sense.

It shuold be noted that the Iraqi Government is not without fault. They excluded the Sunni block from the political process and encouraged non-co-operation with the central Government. This made it easier for the jihadists to take hold.

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Islamists unleash all-out assault on Iraqi cities with US weapons 

The last video shows the extent of the land captured - vast areas to the east and north of Iraq. The US, that does not want to put boots on the ground in country, will probably allow this divided nation situation to take hold rather than extensively bomb them, letting the jihadists wheel around and invade Syria.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, June 13th, 2014.]

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