Iraq is on the Verge of a Full-Scale War

A terrible legacy. What an appalling mess. Dinars anyone? Phony Tony has new printed ones to sell for the next round of Rope a dope.

New Eastern Outlook
By Alexander Orlov
11 June 2014

On June 10 Iraq saw the only logical outcome of the American occupation, and the numerous US attempts to impose American-style democracy upon its people. If the Kurds had previously separated from the rest of Iraq, creating a quasi-state in the form of a Kurdish autonomous region that had many attributes of an independent state, now the Sunnis are clearly ready to call it quits as well.

During the eight years of American occupation succeeded by three years of a pro-Iranian Shiite government rule that accumulated all power in the hands of one faction, the Sunnis that had been the governing elite since the days of separation from the Ottoman Empire in 1918 and until the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, were, quite unsurprisingly, violently suppressed. In December 2013, the Iraqi western province of Al Anbar, populated almost entirely by Sunnis, saw a rise of rebellion movements against the regime of Nouri al-Maliki. The rebellion, joined not by Islamists alone, but also by former Ba’athists fighters, took control of two cities – Ramadi and Fallujah. Simultaneously, the rate of terrorist attacks in Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk and other major cities has sharply increased. The security forces loyal to al-Maliki which have been using aircraft, tanks and heavy artillery for the last 7 months in a attempt to suppress the rebellion, while suffering great losses, have ultimately failed in regaining control over the revolting provinces.

To make the matters worse, the situation has been affected by the state of affairs in neighboring Syria, since the armed opposition groups that are fighting against the Assad regime invaded Iraqi territory, taking control over a number of areas adjacent to the Syrian border. Those forces were composed of members of Al-Qaeda and the extremists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, who have been handsomely funded by Qatar and Saudi Arabia for a long period of time. The ranks of the latter terrorist organization are growing rapidly in those areas due to the fact that, in addition to the Syrians and Iraqis that form the core of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, there are numerous mercenaries from other Arab and Islamic countries, in addition to remnants of terrorists from Russia’s North Caucasus, and even the former members of the Afghan and Pakistan Taliban, joined by Muslims from the European Union.

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