Update: 01/03/14: The situation in western Iraq was described as “extremely dire” by NBC world news after radical Sunni forces linked with al Qaeda raised their flag in the town of Fallujah. After the loss of US and Iraqi lives in a war won by the Bush Administration, Barack Obama has managed to lose the peace.
Barack Obama was intent on leaving and left Iraq without a status of forces agreement. We did not leave a base in which our military could train the Iraqi soldiers and police. That one action would have made all the difference.
The government and tribal warriors are fighting to save Ramadi.
There is a global jihad orchestrated by al-Qaida and so-called affiliates but the US won’t even admit it’s happening.
Original Story: 1/2/14: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an al Qaeda group, has entered both Ramadi and Falluja, Anbar Province, in an attempt to seize control of the cities. They want to install a state ruled according to strict medieval Sunni Islamic practice across the Iraqi-Syrian border.
ISIL parading Syrian town of Tel Abyad, near the border with Turkey on Thursday
The reports say they are al Qaeda-linked but they are in fact al Qaeda. They are all the same people. They are in actuality roving bands of criminals.
The tenuous relationship between tribesmen, who feel Sunnis have been marginalized in politics, and the Iraqi government has been temporarily relieved with an agreement reached yesterday. Both sides have joined forces to fight off al Qaeda.
They are having difficulty fighting the ISIL because they are hiding within the towns.
The ISIL stormed police stations in Ramadi and grabbed loudspeakers in Falluja to tell people to join them.
They have been strengthening their grip along the Syrian-Iraq border for months.
The US left Iraq without a status of forces agreement and will provide no assistance. The fighting in Syria is having severely deleterious effects on the neighboring states.
Full story at Reuters