The title of a recently released Yahoo7 article is “Iraq militants move nearer Baghdad in lightning offensive” (Web-site/URL: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/24217992/iraq-militants-move-nearer-baghdad-in-lightning-offensive/).
“Militants seized the Iraqi city of Tikrit, but security forces thwarted an assault on Samarra, as a lightning jihadist offensive launched in second city Mosul swept closer to Baghdad”.
“Since the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began its spectacular assault in Mosul late on Monday, militants have captured a large swathe of northern and north-central Iraq, prompting as many as half a million people to flee their homes” or more accurately, were “(fleeing)” FOR THEIR LIVES.
“The speed with which ISIL and its allies have advanced after their seizure on Tuesday (June 10 2014) of Mosul — a city of two million people — has SENT ALARM BELLS RINGING in Western capitals”. It’s NOT as if we need any more “alarm bells”.
“It has also triggered A HOSTAGE CRISIS for Ankara, which THREATENED harsh reprisals IF 49 Turks seized by the jihadists at its consulate in the main northern city were harmed”. These “49 Turks” most likely WILL BE “harmed” so we must wonder how “harsh” these “reprisals” will be.
“ISIL vowed on Twitter that it would “not stop this series of BLESSED (?) invasions” that has seen the fall of the whole of Nineveh province in the north and swathes of Kirkuk and Saleheddin provinces further south”. “blessed invasions” reinforces the fact that ISIL is A TERRORIST ORGANIZATION/GROUP.
According to “a police colonel said of the Salaheddin provincial capital, which lies half way between Baghdad and Mosul”, “ALL of Tikrit is in the hands of THE MILITANTS” and that’s NOT good.
“In his weekly address Wednesday (June 11 2014), Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki merely renewed his call to arm civilians to resist the jihadists”.
“Maliki urged Nineveh’s residents “and its tribes to STAND WITH (?) the army and police”. Can IRAQ‘s “army and police” be “trusted?”
“UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence and warned that “terrorism must NOT be allowed to succeed in undoing the path toward democracy in Iraq”. As we have seen, this “path toward democracy” in Iraq has been and will continue to be EXTREMELY ROCKY.
According to his (Ban’s) spokesman Stephane Dujarric, “Ban “urges the international community to UNITE (?) in showing solidarity with Iraq as it confronts this SECURITY security challenge“. As we know “the international community” is DEEPLY DIVIDED on MANY issues.
“Washington has warned that ISIL THREATENS THE ENTIRE REGION and PROMISED MORE AID for the Baghdad government”. HOW MUCH “aid” are we talking about here?
“State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was committed to “working with the Iraqi government and leaders across Iraq to support a UNIFIED (?) approach against ISIL’s continued AGGRESSION“. There are TWO things to note here. First, will this “approach (vs ISIL)” be “unified?” Secondly/On top of this, “aggression” is our first example of the FORCE & PAIN TECHNIQUE (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
“In Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said SHIITE Iran “offers its support to the government and people of Iraq against terrorism“. Can the new government of Iran be trusted?
“The swift collapse of Baghdad’s control, which comes on top of the loss of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, at the start of the year (2014) HAS BEEN A BLOW for Western governments that invested lives and money in the invasion that toppled Saddam in 2003″ INDEED.
“However, (British) Foreign Secretary William Hague said there was “NO QUESTION” of British troops being sent back to Iraq”. As we know, the UK was one of America’s FIERCEST allies during the second Iraq invasion.
“The International Organization for Migration said sources in Mosul estimated the violence leading up to the jihadists’ takeover “displaced over 500,000 people in and around the city“, creating yet another REFUGEE CRISIS, in addition to the one in SYRIA.
“Bassam Mohammed, a 25-year-old student, said he WOULD NOT join the exodus of residents leaving Mosul, but acknowledged DEEP CONCERN about how the jihadists would run the city”. “I am afraid about FREEDOMS and I am especially afraid that they will IMPOSE NEW LAWS on us” obviously. There are THREE things to note here. First, OF COURSE, Mohammed has “deep concerns about how the JIHADISTS would run the city” because “jihadists” are otherwise known as ANARCHISTS, who go around CREATING CHAOS. Secondly, OF COURSE, Mohammed is “afraid about freedoms” because they will surely be ERODED when “new laws (are) imposed” (these laws are called MARTIAL law).
“The Syrian government said it was ready to help Baghdad in its fight against “TERRORISM” while the rebel Free Syrian Army called for support from Arab states for its own battle against ISIL”. Again, as we know, Syria is A MESS because we DON’T know who’s friend and who’s foe.
In fact, THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST is A MESS that SEEMS LIKE IT CAN GO DOWN THE DRAIN AT ANY MOMENT