The situation in Iraq is deteriorating rapidly, with reports that the Iraqi Army is fleeing key cities without defending them from insurgents belonging to ISIS/ISIL, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant. US Secretary of State, John Kerry, is in Baghdad in a bold move to demonstrate US support of the Al-Maliki government.
However some commentators are defending that the Iraqi occupation, spearheaded by the US and Britain in 2003 is at fault for the current crisis. Their claims are based on the fact that the bureaucracy that Saddam Hussein built in Iraq was largely disbanded after the fall of the Saddam government. The army was also disbanded, leaving many experienced fighters without an income or the opportunity to work for the state. Al-Maliki, a Shiite, is running a government that Sunnis and Kurds say is against their interests. These claims are brushed away by Tony Blair, UK PM during the Iraqi invasion, who says his government is not at fault for the current situation and argues that Britain should redeploy troops to protect the Al-Maliki government.
Their is debate over the origins of ISIS, with claims that they are an offshoot of Al-Qaeda. What is certain is that they originate from the political instability in Syria and Iraq, and worryingly Israel is keeping close watch of the situation.
In the UK, the papers are reporting that young Britons are joining ISIS forces. The group that has already taken over the Western side of Iraq, and the key cities of Fallujah and Mosul. And ISIS is using social media effectively to entice Sunni Muslims to join the cause, with a recruitment video on youtube and the use of twitter hashtags.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International says hundreds of Indian immigrants in Iraq are currently trapped, unable to leave their workplaces.
By Daniel F. Benson-Guiu.