Sunni militants are advancing on Baghdad

June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Good morning:

Sunni militants who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are advancing on Baghdad with little opposition to stop them. CNN is reporting that Iraqi troops we armed and trained have melted away after abandoning their weapons and uniforms.

ISIS has already seized Mosul, Tikrit and Baiji

Meanwhile, everyone wonders what will our commander-in-chief do?

The devastating militant advance, which had been building for some time, is proving an object lesson of much that is wrong in Iraq and the region — growing sectarian tensions at home and a festering civil war over the border in Syria.

It also shows that extremists can strike swiftly and effectively against Iraq’s American-trained security forces.

It came as little surprise when Iraq indicated a willingness Wednesday for the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against the radical Islamist militants.

Washington has provided $15 billion in training, weapons and equipment to the Iraqi government.

But U.S. officials said the situation is “extremely urgent” and the United States is looking to see what more support it can provide Iraq.

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Iraq is blowing up as Sunni insurgents seize Mosul and Tikrit

June 11, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Good afternoon:

Iraq is blowing up as Sunni insurgents seize Mosul, Tikrit, and close in on the Baiji refinery, which is the biggest in the country.

Here’s Reuters with the latest,

Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group overran the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Wednesday and closed in on the biggest oil refinery in the country, making further gains in their rapid military advance against the Shi’ite-led government.

The threat to the Baiji refinery comes after militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized the northern city of Mosul, advancing their aim of creating Sunni Caliphate straddling the border between Iraq and Syria.

The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second biggest city, is a blow to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s attempts to defeat the Sunni militants, who have regained territory in Iraq over the past year following the withdrawal of U.S. forces, seizing Falluja and parts of Ramadi west of Baghdad at the start of the year.

No surprise, really,

Sooner or later the survivors of the US atrocity were going to have to sort out what was left of their country.

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