Iraq back on the agenda
Despite great deal of national reluctance to participate in military adventure overseas the western governments find themselves with new challenges in Iraq.
After over 4000 dead and 32000 injured many suffering lifelong injuries, the Americans are understandably hesitant added to this is their political differences with the present Iraqi regime.
Despite all this Americans have started delivering humanitarian aid delivery via air drops and targeted bombing of ISIS positions .This has been explained as an effort to stop a potential genocide. Assessments indicate that the USA action is in fact in support of their Kurdish Allies in Iraq. USA has publicly drawn a red line for ISIS by stating That ARBIL the capital of Kurdish semi-autonomous area which houses American diplomats will be defended. This is also a to block IRAN in building up its relationship with the Kurdish ruling class.
ISIS is the latest manifestation of militant hard line Islamic movement who derive their beliefs from the WAHABI and SALAFI sects that originate from Saudi Arabia. 22.9% of all Saudis are SALAFI with the majority of the rest being WAHABI also 46.87% of Qataris consider them selves to be SALAFI . These two countries are reputed by observers to be the major donors and supporters of the ISIS.
There lies the major challenge for the west in particular USA who will inevitably will find itself on the opposite side to some of their allies in the Middle East. One of the challenges that this creates for USA is in the important field of public information as it finds itself where it cannot publically identify and react to the main sponsors of ISIS. In sharp contracts to their position and actions over UKRINE
The event in Iraq also bring about the behind the scene collaborations between IRAN and USA as IRAN has already been involved in fighting ISIS using air power and special forces.
ISIS is increasingly seen as a more radical substitute to Al-Qaeda and having taken territories in SYRIA and IRAQ it is also seen by radical all over as a successful force and a preferred option to join.
Iraq’s own future as a unified state seems to be hanging on a knife edge and many observers view the possibility of it being divided along religious and ethnic lines as real possibility.
This is seen by many as a far better option than a single failed state.
One thing is for sure while IRAQ drama plays out the new participant ISIS will play an increasingly prominent role as a brutal new comer.