The Sunni-Shiite-al-Qaeda Iraq War
Now, Iraq has its turn to deal with the influx of al-Qaeda fighters determined to create their own "state" within Iraq. Their name is ISIS or Islamic State of Iraq. They fought in Syria against Assad, and many still do, but with the whole war becoming an Assad victory, al-Qaeda is not going home. The group has now take full control of two Iraqi cities that Americans fought hard for just five years ago- Fallujah and Ramadi. Now, the al-Qaeda flag flies over both.
The al-Qaeda forces are well armed and Sunni. The citizens of the cities, for the most part, are Shiite, as are the Iraqi forces trained by Americans. The citizens have fled, ignoring Iraq's President Maliki plea to fight in Anbar province. The Iraqi Sunni's did fight al-Qaeda in 2003, not all members of the tribe agree with them or Maliki's government, which they have vowed to fight as well. Maliki has so far refrained from sending in his Shiite American trained army to retake the cities. They were not trained for urban warfare and hope to rely on the American drones and Hellfire missiles to remove al-Qaeda.
Of course, Iran, mostly Shiite, is just waiting for an invite from Maliki to assist remove the Sunni forces. This would allow them to further influence Iraq for its own devise. Obama is sure to steer clear of this internal war since he did the same in Syria, despite the redlines. The F-16s sold to Iraq have now been delayed, but more Hellfire missiles have been sent. The Iraqi airforce straps these missiles onto the wings of Cessna and fire them. The army has surrounded Fallujah, which is just 65 km west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. It is located in the vast Sunni-dominated province of Anbar.
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