The title of a recently released Al-Jazeera article is “Bomb blasts rock Baghdad as military TRIES to regain control of west” (Web-site/URL: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/5/bomb-blast-rocksbaghdadasmilitarytriestoregaincontrolofwest.html).
“A fresh wave of bombings in Baghdad on Sunday (January 5, 2014) KILLED at least 20 people, officials said, the latest assault by militants who have been fighting Iraqi security forces and allied tribes in (the) country’s west”.
“The deadliest attack took place in Baghdad’s Shia northern Shaab neighborhood, when two parked car bombs exploded simultaneously near a restaurant and a tea house. Officials say those blasts KILLED 10 people and WOUNDED 26“.
“Authorities said another car bomb ripped through the capital’s Shia eastern district of Sadr City, KILLING five and wounding 10. A fourth bombing KILLED THREE civilians and WOUNDED SIX in a commercial area in the central Bab al-Muadham neighborhood, officials said. Two other bombings KILLED TWO civilians and WOUNDED 13, police said”.
“Lt. Gen. Rasheed Fleih, who leads the Anbar Military Command, told state television Sunday (January 5, 2014) that “TWO to THREE days” are needed to push the militants out of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi. Fleih added that pro-government Sunni tribes are leading the operations while the army is only offering aerial cover and logistics on the ground. He didn’t elaborate on the operations”. “The QUIET and SAFE (?) life that is sought by the Anbaris will not be completely restored before a few hours (go by) or (in) TWO to THREE days, God willing“. As we know, IRAQ HASN’T been “quiet and safe” for a LONG time now.
“On Sunday (January 5, 2014), U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the U.S. would support Iraq in its combat with Al-Qaeda, but WITHOUT sending troops on ground, telling reporters, “this is THEIR (the IRAQI people’s) fight”. This is a good idea, given the fact that most Americans are now SICK & TIRED of war.
“The U.S. was “VERY, VERY CONCERNED” by the fighting, Kerry said as he left Jerusalem for Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday (January 5 2014) to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The U.S. recently supplied the Iraqi government with hellfire missiles”. Again, as we’ve said on many occasions, “The US (is) “very very concerned by” the situations in IRAQ, JERUSALEM and AFGHANISTAN (just to name a few countries/among others), but given how MASSIVELY UNPOPULAR the US is in the Middle East/Arab world, there is LITTLE IF ANYTHING the US can do about this “concern”.
“Meanwhile, Republican senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham released a strongly worded statement condemning the violence in Iraq, partially (?) blaming the OBAMA administration for the increased instability”.
“When President Obama withdrew ALL U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY interests. Sadly, THAT REALITY IS BECOMING CLEARER THAN EVER”. McCain and Graham are two of the most PRO-war senators in recent memory. On top of this, GRAHAM IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION in 2014 (Web-site/URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Graham#Electoral_history), so he is RAISING THE ANTE.
To conclude, “(Iraqi) military TRIES to regain control of (the) west” TO NO AVAIL.