Iraqi Authority Deemed Dubious Now
Written by Brandon Withem
Baghdad- The bloodletting that is being perpetuated by the ISIL, Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant, across northern Iraq continues to this day. There are now several official worldwide reactions to the ongoing crisis. Today, Tal Afar a town in northern Iraq fell.
To that end, countless Shia volunteers are asking to join the government backed military to fight the Sunni, which is what ISIL is made up of, militants. These two groups are the predominant Muslim factors in the region. This has effectively turned into a sectarian conflict that spilled from Syria, where the Shiite are in power and the Sunni are the oppressed. Now it appears that the Sunni is destabilizing Iraq even worse than it already is in the process of revolting against Bashar al-Assad. As you can see in the below picture, ISIL has already wrested control of large swathes of Iraqi territory from the legitimate government in an attempt to establish a caliphate state of Islam.
al-Qaeda, an organization that is internationally branded as a terror network, whose activities against American interests triggered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has long since disowned ISIL and denies any relation with them. al-Qaeda consider ISIL to be too radical for their tastes.
From the American standpoint, Jen Psaki, a State department spokeswoman stated that the government has begun evacuating non essential staff members from the US Embassy in Iraq and relocating them elsewhere in the region temporarily, while bolstering its already heavily fortified position in Baghdad's "green zone" with additional specialized military personnel. The State department has declared affected areas of, most notably the northern, Iraq a voluntary "no-travel" zone for the duration of the security crisis. This means there is to be no traveling to Iraq unless it is absolutely essential, and American citizens currently in Iraq are extremely susceptible to terrorist attacks, kidnapping, and so on in public places. Australia has evacuated their embassy staff, along with the United Nations Embassy of Iraq. No western government has any confidence presently with the Iraqi government in effectively combating ISIL's recent encroachment. The White House has sent a military carrier group to the Persian Gulf to prepare for possible airstrikes, and a last "les miserables" resort of a third invasion of Iraq.
This is all a reaction to the sudden domino effect of major cities in Iraq falling to the militants. Enabling ISIL to create a corridor into the war-torn neighboring country of Syria to continue their fighting. Unfortunately, it now appears that ISIL has ultimately changed their aims and desires the creation of a caliphate state of Iraq, along with Syria.
There is a surprising twist to this ongoing crisis. The Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has declared that Iran might think about cooperating with the United States in addressing the Iraqi conflict. This is a shock to many observers, since Iraq and the American government have had no official diplomatic relations for decades. It is a positive step in the cold relations that exist between the U.S. and Iran, albeit for each other's own benefits, and only has one interest when it comes to Iraq. A stable Iraq.
This conflict has far reaching implications for the entire Middle East region, and has had multi pronged causes that stem thousands of years ago, only to be exacerbated by politics of the 20th and 21st centuries. The most recent stems from the neighboring Syrian conflict which has given birth to a well organized militant organization that has been able to overtake large swathes of Iraq within the last two weeks with impunity. Worldwide reactions to the Syrian conflict has been essentially nonexistent beside official humanitarian aid. This has led such radical organizations to grow dramatically in strength and resources in attempting to overthrow the government of Bashar al-Assad.
The Middle East region requires a strong, iron-fist response from the international community condemning such impunity and little regard to the Geneva Conventions which established rules of engagement and conduct during wars. Recent posts by ISIL online of what they are doing in Iraq demonstrates the extremity they are willing to go to obtain their goals. It is probably the worst atrocities ever witnessed due to the integration ISIL has with social media. The United States can no longer stand by and allow the Middle East conflict to rage unchecked and further deteriorate, and must get involved militarily including Syria.
|Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Sunni militant group IISIL in Jurf al-Sakhar. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani. Accessed 6-16-2014|