Today the same islamic fundamentalists seized Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. I could not find any comment about it from the Obama Administration.
We are looking at the possible collapse of the entire Iraqi Army to a group so radical that even al-Qaeda disowned them, and no one, not even Republicans, want to talk about it.
In Mosul, along with the cities of Samarra and Ramadi, the militants have stormed police stations, government offices and even a university.Despite every effort by the Iraqi army, including dropping barrel bombs in middle of residential areas, they were unable to retake Fallujah.
... Security officials have framed the attacks as an attempt by militants to distract the army from its ongoing battle in the western province of Anbar, where militants have managed to hold territory, including the city of Falluja and parts of neighboring Ramadi, for six months. With the fighting on Tuesday, the government faced the possibility of losing another major Iraqi city to extremists whose stated goals include establishing an Islamic state.
The university of Ramadi was taken by militants just Saturday.
A member of the security and defense committee in parliament said the insurgency could not be quelled by force alone because the root cause was political.To give you an idea of what has become of Iraq, consider the NY Times headline from last year: Iraq: Where Terrorists Go to School.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars - the equivalent of $429m (£256m) - from Mosul's central bank, according to the regional governor.Besides the enormous bundle of cash, ISIL also seized an enormous cache of U.S-made weapons, such as Blackhawk helicoptors and armored humvees. They can now match the Iraqi army in a straight-up battle.
Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.
Following the siege of the country's second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Falkland Islands.
The financial assets that Isis now possess are likely to worsen the Iraqi governement's struggle to defeat the insurgency, which is aimed at creating an Islamic state across the Syrian-Iraqi border.
ISIS later said its forces were continuing to advance south and east from Mosul, overrunning several smaller towns that would enable its fighters to link up with their counterparts across the border in Syria. There, the organization controls what amounts to an unofficial state across swaths of the north and east from which government forces have been ejected.No one wants to talk about Iraq because no one wants to do anything about it. There is absolutely no political will for going back into Iraq, yet the idea of ISIL conquering Iraq is too horrific to imagine.
[Iraq’s speaker of parliament, Osama al-Nujaifi] “Everything is fallen. It’s a crisis,” he added, appealing for international and government help to retake the city. “Having these terrorist groups control a city in the heart of Iraq threatens not only Iraq but the entire region.”
Just to give you an idea, consider that this group likes to publicly crucify people. I would post pictures, but they are pretty horrifying. Click on the link if you want to see them.
Now imagine this group taking over a major nation in the most important oil-producing region in the world. Consider that this group doesn't respect national borders, so Kuwait, Iran, and Saudi Arabia would be in immediate danger. Saddam Hussein doesn't sound so bad in comparison, does he?
If nothing is done, if we continue to ignore the situation, this might be exactly what we are looking at.
I don't know what the solution is, but I do know that the crazy relative in the attic isn't going to get better if we just ignore him.