Iraq Shiite militias rush to defend oil-rich Kirkuk from Islamic State

Great story in Stars and Stripes regarding some of the tricky realities on the ground.

Iraq Shiite militias rush to defend oil-rich Kirkuk from Islamic State.

To me, it’s hard to not call this a civil war in Iraq. Three competing groups, each with its own fighters. And a national government and military that’s shown practically no will to fight when it must.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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5 thoughts on “Iraq Shiite militias rush to defend oil-rich Kirkuk from Islamic State

  1. Your Right, of course its a civil war !! Only those that won’t face the truth call it something else…!!!!

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  2. Tell me how you really feel, David! lol

    And thanks for the comment. : )

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  3. There are so many facets, twists and turns to this play that’s going on it just boggles the mind. To understand the hole story we’d have to go back to the 13 century where it all started. Then work our way forward to the first world
    war when we have made up countries that never existed before. Unfortunately we seem to be heading for another Crusade. If you look at the
    maps from the Crusades and now they kind of look similar. Time to put and
    end to this.

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