War with ISIS 'AcidTest' of US-Iraq Ties

Al-Monitor:  In these strikes, did Syria offer or did you request its assistance?

Faily:  Whatever offer we get in dealing with ISIS we will certainly look at it in a favorable way.

Al-Monitor:  You mentioned that this war is a regional security challenge. Would Iraq support a regional security arrangement, among neighbors of Syria and Iraq? How would that fit with President Obama’s call for ramping up counterterrorism cooperation?

Faily:  Terrorism is a theme in the region now. Sectarianism is becoming a theme in the region and they are complementing each other. ISIS are not Sunnis but they are wearing the clothes of the Sunnis, projecting to the world that they represent Sunnis but we know for a fact that they don't. In addition to that, the geopolitical importance of the Middle East in Syria and Iraq and elsewhere is too important to be dealt with internally in itself and it is too crucial, for example, [that] the Europeans, who are just on the other side of the shore, for them to be a standby for NATO or for the US and even the UN, so this is why we see that it is a regional problem, as much as Syria has been a regional problem for the last three years which hasn’t been addressed. Iraq is becoming that problem as well, unfortunately.

One Response to War with ISIS 'AcidTest' of US-Iraq Ties

  1. Awake 21st August 2014 at 13:40 #

    I am conservative, OK.
    Obama using the Airforce to support our allies is the first good thing I have ever seen him do.
    The local people need to be able to take care of this problem if it is to be stopped. Major military actions by the US have not achieved the desired goals in the region and will not in the future.
    News people etc. that go into dangerous areas are making the decision.
    If they do not want to risk their lives, then they should stay out of the area. The inflammatory images do not change a thing.
    They place them selves in harms way.