Obama Fails To Act, Iran Deploys Troops To Aid Citizen Fighters In War-Torn Iraq
June 12, 2014 11:45am PST
Amid the uprising of the al Qaeda based group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iran has deployed its Revolutionary Guard in order to help the Iraqi government retake the conquered city of Tikrit.
According to a source within the Iranian security services, two battalions of the Quds Forces, which is the branch of the Republican Guard Corps that has been stationed in Iraq, was sent to aid the Shiite-dominated government run by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. The combined forces of Iraq and Iran were able to retake control of 85% of the besieged city.
Now they are helping guard the capital city of Baghdad and two other holy cities, Najaf and Karbala. Iran has also deployed forces along its border with Iraq and said they would bomb rebel forces if they came within 62 miles of the border, and will transfer troops that are currently fighting in Syria should their efforts now fail to quell the insurrection.
The offensive from Sunni ISIS is said to have thrown Iraq into its worst state of chaos since America led its invasion in 2003, sparking widespread sectarian fighting. Residents in the cities where militants are advancing have come out to enlist and help the government.
According to BBC, male supporters of the Iraqi government are upset with the trail of beheadings and and the brutal imposition of Sharia law wherever ISIS has control.
Aside from having a Shiite political ally running Iraq, Iran seeks to protect the holy cities of Karbala and Najaf. Both cities are considered sacred to Shiites along with Mecca and Medina and losing them to the Sunnis would be devastating to Shiites worldwide.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
“An ISIS spokesman, Abu Mohamad al-Adnani, urged the group’s Sunni fighters to march toward the ‘filth-ridden’ Karbala and ‘the city of polytheism’ Najaf, where they would ‘settle their differences’ with Mr. Maliki.”
The Iraqi government has also asked Obama to carry out airstrikes against the insurgents along with asking for the delivery of promised weapons to be sped up. However Obama has said that he’s merely “watching” the situation in Iraq and has yet to actually promise any type of military aid against the insurgency.
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