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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