The Fall of Mosul: Is it Time Washington Woke Up?

In his fight to crush the islamists Mr Al-Maliki can count on little help from the neighbours. Syria is out of the picture and a UN embargo prevents Iran selling Iraq military equipment, at least on paper.

Turkey will not want another failed state on its doorstep meaning its airspace will remain open, but Ankara will do nothing militarily unless the jihadists start to overrun Kurdistan.

All nervous Kuwait and Saudi Arabia can do is try to seal their porous borders.

Which leaves Al Maliki once again looking towards Washington for help in the present crisis.

US special forces are already training Iraqi commandos in Jordan as part of a security pact. But what Al-Maliki urgently needs now is air power.

Baghdad has bought F16s and Apache attack helicopters as part of US$14 billion’s worth of American military fire-power. But the full consignment is not due to be delivered to Iraq before the end of the year.

Until now the Iraqis have been grumbling over American tardiness on delivery – perhaps the shock waves of today’s events in Mosul will resonate in Washington and Al Maliki will receive his war planes sooner rather than later.

John Cookson has been reporting from Iraq for 25 years for international news channels including Al Jazeera English and Sky News.  Twitter: @Newsman1000

10 Responses to The Fall of Mosul: Is it Time Washington Woke Up?

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo June 10, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    I think that a very proffessional army and motivated to fight Dash in Iraq is the Pershmerga which is part of the Ministery of Defence of Iraq.

    But incompetent military and political leadership trying to punish and anniquilate the Pershmerga has to swallow their pride and ask for help now. They will do their job and they will keep peace in the kurdish iraqi areas and cut the logistics for Dash to Baghdad.

    Will the USA provide more sopisticated weapons which ends at the hands of Dash? I still believe that Mr Maliki can fix the situation in case he revives the vital priorities of the state of Iraq including all Iraqis and not splitting the Iraqi society.

    After he makes some changes and promotes unity and not division then he can let his multiministry assignment as PM, Interior, Defence Ministry resign or better not present himself as a candidate for a third term and help to find a capable political leader among the shias.

    My hint is Mr Hakkim who can put all or most of the important kurdish and sunni political leaders together to save Iraq. To apply the constitution in Iraq in a practical way, can be a good start. But now, it is the time to put the military act together first and protect Baghdad and all of Iraq. It is a very difficult task needing a proffesional military leadership which I cannot see anywhere in Baghdad right now.