One Fall Af­ter An­other

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fall of Mo­sul hasn’t yet ended and now An­bar prov­ince is added up to it. The de­vel­op­ments in the Sunni-pop­u­lated strate­gic and im­por­tant area showed again that Iraqi army and its of­fi­cials start­ing from the Prime Min­is­ter to a sec­tar­ian pow­er­less sol­dier are not able to di­rect the army in crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions. Hence, the re­spon­si­bil­ity of gov­ern­ing a state is not only about think­ing of buy­ing weapons and get­ting mil­i­tary equip­ment from the U.S and then re­sort to Rus­sia at the same time for the same pur­pose. We saw once more that, sim­i­lar to what hap­pened in Mo­sul, the ad­vanced weaponry of U.S army was handed to ISIS. The most im­por­tant ques­tion is: Is there any author­ity in Iraq that could in­ves­ti­gate the suc­ces­sive falls and bring those re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice?

Some peo­ple think that what now is hap­pen­ing is the be­trayal of Sun­nis. That Sun­nis are back­ing ISIS and want Bagh­dad to stand alone fac­ing the cri­sis. The Gov­ern­ment doesn’t want to arm the Sunni tribes against ISIS be­cause there is no trust be­tween the two groups.

Oth­ers think that Bagh­dad is or­ches­trat­ing all th­ese it­self so that it could use as much vi­o­lence as pos­si­ble against the Sun­nis. That is why the Sun­nis are not ready to be­lieve and trust the Shia and Bagh­dad gov­ern­ment.

There are some who be­lieve that the Deputy of Iraqi Pres­i­dent and for­mer Iraqi PM are re­spon­si­ble for what’s hap­pen­ing. Nuri Al-ma­liki runs a shad­owy gov­ern­ment in­side Ab­badi’s gov­ern­ment, and he’s re­spon­si­ble for the fall of Mo­sul as well as An­bar.

Oth­ers are ac­cus­ing the U.S and think that it is a plot to divide Iraq. Shias think that Sun­nis are also back­ing the plot and are work­ing for their in­de­pen­dent re­gion.

No one is here talk­ing about Iran and the role it plays in the fall of th­ese places. By los­ing An­bar, the par­ties would for­get for a while the war on Houthis, and rapid de­vel­op­ments in Syria and US-Iran ne­go­ti­a­tions, and it’s much eas­ier now for Iran to in­volve in the de­vel­op­ments. At the same mo­ment, Shia mili­tias are seen as the only freema­sons through­out the dra­matic changes. We saw that a bat­tal­ion of Iraqi army af­ter an­other was over­thrown and sur­ren­dered and lost the ground. On the con­trary, a bat­tal­ion af­ter an­other of Shia mili­tias are be­ing formed and showed that th­ese mili­tias have to be dealt with as legal and con­sti­tu­tional body, and should be armed, pro­vided with fi­nan­cial ca­pa­bil­ity and legal author­ity to do what­ever they want. The U.S made a turn and is now help­ing this idea. The Shia mili­tias, (Popular Mo­bi­liza­tion Unit) is now a new sec­tar­ian army within an­other army, as the case in Le­banon, Ye­men, Syria and Ira­nian Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard ap­pears on the ground.

The author­ity in Bagh­dad is head­ing to­wards fail­ure. In­stead of solv­ing the prob­lems Ab-Ab­badi is in Rus­sia to buy weapons for the army that is un­der the Shia dom­i­nance. Th­ese new Rus­sian weapons will be handed over to ISIS later. In ad­di­tion to that, any step to­wards Rus­sia means strength­en­ing the (Syria-Iran) front and ex­ten­sion of Nuri Al-ma­liki’s poli­cies, which plunged Iraq to more catas­tro­phes.

Iraq is prac­ti­cally go­ing to­wards di­vi­sion. The steps are mov­ing more clearly to­wards sec­tar­i­an­ism, and fears of sec­tar­ian con­flict are grow­ing fur­ther. Kur­dis­tan is the only part in Iraq that is do­ing pol­i­tics be­yond sec­tar­i­an­ism, and is work­ing clearly for in­de­pen­dence and is a staunch ally of the U.S and the West as well.

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