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The Sunni-Shiite-al-Qaeda Iraq War

Updated on January 11, 2014

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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      Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      We used up a great deal of US blood and treasure to give those folks a chance at democracy. The fact that they are wasting that chance is on them. Should we have invested so much giving them the chance? That's the question.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      People tend not to value something they themselves have not paid for.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      Both are true, but remember, all the experts warned of this happening after the US left. This is old news now happening. Once the US left, our influence is limited and like a child who grows up and leaves home, they make their own decisions now. The US set them up but they have the last word. The mistake made is that US really did exit leaving no US troops to stabilize the foundation. All is a predictor of what will occur when the US leaves Afghanistan.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      We also tried to give them the opportunity for a democratic government when they had no (recent) experience with self-rule.

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      perrya 3 years ago

      How true, there is not a lot the US can do unless we are invited to come back, but would we? With Obama, I doubt it.

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Saddam had everything in check, till Bush foolishly removed him and gave credence to fact that after WWII, Americans are good losers

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      perrya 3 years ago

      That was true, MG. Through fear and control the lid over the sunni-shiite issue was contained, not via Syria it is emboldened. Sometimes a noble and right motive can go very astray and Iraq may be that with Afghanistan looming in the future.

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