Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has rejected Western powers calls to step down, and seeks a third term in office amidst threats of Sunni jihadists.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) were surrounding at least two major military bases in Northern Iraq while Iraq expects a shipment of Russian-made jets within a few days to “turn the tide” in the war.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for nearly two hours on Monday. Kerry received commitments from Maliki to begin the process of forming a new national government in Baghdad by July 1, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The White House is convinced that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, is unable to reconcile the Islamic factions in the country and wants to see a new government installed without Maliki, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Muslims fighting Muslims — so who is to blame? Perhaps Allah! Both sides, Sunnis backed by Saudi Arabia and Shiites backed by Iran, are blaming each other as sectarian violence threatens “unpredictable consequences” for the region.
On Tuesday, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Greater Syria) (ISIS) targeted the city of Baquba, less than 40 miles north of Baghdad.
President Barack Obama was advised by the last American commander in Iraq that 23,000 U.S. troops remain to cement the victory, however no deal was ever reached with Baghdad, and all combat forces went home in 2011.
Iran has deployed two Revolutionary Guards units to Iraq to protect Baghdad, and the holy Shi’ite cities of Karbala and Najaf, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Shi’te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.