Colin Powell put it clearly and succinctly: “If you break it, you own it.” America broke Iraq. America owns Iraq. This is how the rest of the world sees it. This is also why the world is mystified by the current Obama-Cheney debate. Both these camps are saying, “You did it.” Actually both the camps should say, “We did it.”
WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed combat unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq.
The Defense Department said the U.S. military has used both manned and unmanned aircraft amid the war against Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The Pentagon said some of the unidentified UAVs were armed to
protect U.S. special operations forces in the field.
“The reason that some of those aircraft are armed is primarily for force
protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some
military advisers whose objective will be to operate outside the confines of
the [U.S.] embassy,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said.
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BAGHDAD — For the first time in decades, Iraq has attacked neighboring Syria.
The government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki said the Iraq Army attacked a convoy in eastern Syria.
Officials said Iraqi helicopters fired missiles toward vehicles sent by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
“The army struck eight tanker trucks in Wadi Suwab inside Syrian territory as they were trying to enter Iraqi territory to provide the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with fuel,” Iraqi Interior Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan said.
Maan said the helicopter strike on April 27 killed at least eight people. The official said Syria was not informed of the attack.
“There was no coordination with the Syrian regime,” Maan said.
Largely ignored by the global media, Iraq today stands on the brink of a renewed Sunni insurgency. The emergent insurgency in Iraq is following the same sectarian pattern as the civil war in Syria and the growing violence in Lebanon. It also involves many of the same local and regional players.
The rising violence in Iraq is not, however, simply the result of a spillover from the Syrian war. It derives also from internal Iraqi dynamics. But these are themselves in significant ways comparable to the Syrian and Lebanese situations.
Over 9000 people were killed in fighting in Iraq in 2013. This is not yet up to the levels of violence just prior to the surge, in the very worst days of the insurgency against U.S. forces and the sectarian bloodletting that accompanied it. But it’s the highest since 2007. This year, more than 2000 people have already lost their lives as a result of political violence in Iraq.
As of today, a coalition of Sunni insurgent groups control the city of Fallujah in Iraq’s Anbar province west of Baghdad. The city of Ramadi remains partially in insurgent hands, though its southern districts have been re-conquered by government forces in recent days.
Nor is the violence confined to Anbar province. Rather, car bombings have become a near daily occurrence in Baghdad, and insurgent activity against Iraqi security forces and non-Sunni civilians is taking place in Nineveh, Mosul, Kirkuk and elsewhere in areas of high Sunni Arab population.
So who are these insurgents, and why have events in Iraq reached this crisis point?
BAGHDAD — The United States has reported accelerated arms deliveries to Iraq.
The U.S. embassy said Washington was speeding up weapons and ammunition shipments to Iraq amid the Sunni revolt in the Anbar province. The embassy cited the export of thousands of light weapons.
Since mid-January, more than 11 million rounds of ammunition, thousands of machine guns, sniper rifles, M-16s and M-4 rifles, thousands of flares, grenades and other weapons have been delivered to the ISF [Iraqi security forces],” the U.S. embassy said.
In a statement on March 16, the U.S. embassy said the deliveries included 100 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. The statement said the Hellfires reflected a critical assessment by Iraqi and U.S. officials.
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