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

By John Cookson. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Today's audacious jihadist attack on Mosul by Al Qaeda affiliate ISIS must surely be a massive wake up call in Washington that Iraq needs urgent help.

Hundreds of jihadists seized key government offices, banks and the airport in Iraq's second city. Prison doors were smashed open and up to a 1,000 inmates released.

In a damning indictment of Iraqi security forces, army and police officers abandoned their vehicles and uniforms and fled as ISIS forces went on the rampage.

ISIS already effectively controls Al Anbar governorate including Fallujah where it declared an Islamist state. This week saw deadly bombings of Kurdish targets in Diyala. ISIS is increasingly active in Salah-al din. And now Ninevah's capital is its latest target.

Caretaker Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has called for an emergency session of parliament on Thursday and by then Iraqi security forces will surely have regained some control of Mosul, where ISIS fighters may just have overreached themselves.

However the fact ISIS is so motivated, so well equipped and battle-hardened to even attempt to take Mosul is a huge blow not only to Baghdad, but also to the morale of Iraqi security forces and of course the long-suffering Iraqi people.

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

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 10th June 2014 at 21:20 #

    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.