Politicians and terrorists plot and scheme for control of Iraq
BAGHDAD, IRAQ – Iraq has become a nation under siege from terrorists and its own politicians.
ISIS, the Islamic State, has released photos of the religious sites they destroyed in recent days. And Shiite demonstrators in Baghdad have shown their support for Nuri al-Maliki, the former prime minister who thinks he still has that job.
But he doesn’t. Iraq’s new president, Fuad Musam officially gave the keys to Haidar al-Abadi.
Abadi and Maliki are both Shiites, but members of the Shiite block in parliament think Abadi will play nicer with the Sunni minority and bring an end to the violence.
Maliki is not going quietly. He’s challenging Abadi’s appointment, and has moved special forces units and tanks to lock down the green zone, the area of Baghdad that’s home to government buildings and the US embassy.
U.S. forces continue airlifting food and water to Christians and other members religious minorities trapped on Mount Sinjar near the northern city of Irbil. Hundreds of them, including children, have died of thirst, starvation, or bullets from ISIS guns.
President Obama may be on vacation, but he’s given the military permission to protect refugees and Americans in and around Irbil.
Air strikes have hit several targets and killed dozens of ISIS fighters in this latest round of military action that the administration says could last three months, just in time for the mid-term elections in November.
Don’t look for “Back in Iraq” to be a campaign slogan from Democrats or Republicans.