With ISIS continuing to secure gains across the Anbar Province, Iraq’s counteroffensive is mostly centered on the region due north of Baghdad. The push is slow going.
But it’s not so much the Iraqi military leadership commanding their own counteroffensive, nor really doing the heavy lifting in the fighting, as Shi’ite allies from overseas are increasingly involved.
Rather, calling the shots in the war is Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, the leader of the powerful Quds Force of the Iranian military. He’s been on the ground at most major battles, and is said to have drawn up most of the plans behind not only counteroffensives, but the defenses of both Iraqi and Kurdish cities against ISIS.
Lebanese militia Hezbollah, with its existing animosity toward ISIS and deep ties to Gen. Soleimani, is also said to be increasingly involved in the counteroffensives, joining the local Shi’ite militias in what is increasingly a sectarian holy war in the guise of a civil war.
Iraq’s military clearly hasn’t been able to accomplish much on their own, and they need all the allies they can get. Still, with the US painting Hezbollah and Iran as long-time enemies, it puts them in a difficult position to be working together in propping up the Iraqi government.
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Any chance the Pentagon screw up another delivery of goodies and ship them to these guys instead of IS? They need it.
Glory most corrupting
Such an oil rich nation, you would think that the people would be overjoyed to come together in peace and maximize prosperity for all. Problem is, political power like excessive wealth is most inflating to the ego, as the more you have all the more are you willing to fight to get it and to kill to keep it.
I'm assuming you're talking about Iraq. The problem is not "political power" except that religion dictates who has the power. If Iraq had only one religion – or none – then the religious hatred due to differences between the sects would translate to less political differences.
And America's hatred for Islam would not be the driving force behind all the adventurism being played out in the ME, IMO.
Fascinating that this "liberal" site used YNet news source and other mainstream media. Really? So if we cite JP or CNN, will we be published here?
usa and england created ISIS to take over iraq and syria and kick outmallicki the same one who was democratically eelcted only this year.
I do think that is going a bit too Hollywood
> Maliki democratically elected
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