Sep. 23, 2014

Iraq Military Routed for Second Time by ISIL

The latest victory by ISIL in Iraq shows just how systemic the problems are in the Iraqi army. ISIL surrounded the army base in the western part of Iraq, near Fallujah, and cut off food, water and ammunition. On Sept. 21, the defenders heard a convoy with supplies had broken through. But it was ISIL, which opened its attack by detonating three Humvees converted to suicide bombs. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers are missing. In the battle of Mosul, 30,000 Iraqi soldiers were routed at the advance of 800 ISIL fighters because the army is fractured along sectarian lines. ISIL defeated the Iraqi army because the latter’s military leadership ignored soldiers’ reports. Yet Obama’s cabinet places so much trust in that army to defeat ISIL. More…

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