Middle East File: Iraq facing worst crisis since with- drawal of US troops in 2011, “failed state” status loom- ing: Iran sends 2 battalions of elite Quds Forces to shore up Shi’ite PM Maliki’s government as Sunni rebels hoist black flag of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) over major cities in N. Iraq, including Mosul, Tikrit; Ba’athist military officers, Hussein loyalists who eluded arrest after 2003 US-led inter- vention join rebellion; militants confiscate Iraqi Army’s US-built Humvees, seize and fly two helicopters; reportedly execute soldiers, police in captured towns; fearful of rebel advance, Iraq’s Kurds seize control of Kirkuk oil fields; Iraqi government’s authority now confined to country’s south, army “essentially evapo- rated” ahead of rebels’ “stunning advance,” lost control of Euphrates Valley W of capital last year; Iraqi warplanes fire missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, uniformed Shi’ite volunteers head for front lines 60 miles N of Baghdad; ISIS militants hold 80 Turks hostage in Mosul, Ankara threatens to retaliate if any citizens harmed, Turkish hostages include special forces soldiers, diplomats, children

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One response to “Middle East File: Iraq facing worst crisis since with- drawal of US troops in 2011, “failed state” status loom- ing: Iran sends 2 battalions of elite Quds Forces to shore up Shi’ite PM Maliki’s government as Sunni rebels hoist black flag of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) over major cities in N. Iraq, including Mosul, Tikrit; Ba’athist military officers, Hussein loyalists who eluded arrest after 2003 US-led inter- vention join rebellion; militants confiscate Iraqi Army’s US-built Humvees, seize and fly two helicopters; reportedly execute soldiers, police in captured towns; fearful of rebel advance, Iraq’s Kurds seize control of Kirkuk oil fields; Iraqi government’s authority now confined to country’s south, army “essentially evapo- rated” ahead of rebels’ “stunning advance,” lost control of Euphrates Valley W of capital last year; Iraqi warplanes fire missiles at insurgent targets in Mosul, uniformed Shi’ite volunteers head for front lines 60 miles N of Baghdad; ISIS militants hold 80 Turks hostage in Mosul, Ankara threatens to retaliate if any citizens harmed, Turkish hostages include special forces soldiers, diplomats, children

  1. mah29001 June 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Why would Turkey retaliate against their rival Sunni Islamic radicals? Wouldn’t they just do what Obama did and hand over Sunni Islamic radicals that were arrested in Turkey? They’re after all funding their Sunni counterparts in Syria.

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