Iraq: 2 steps forward, 1 step back

Forward: Kurdish forces liberated Sinjar and saved a whole bunch of Yazidis from their desperate straits in the mountains around the town.

Back: ISIS has probably regained control of the key refinery town of Baiji from the Iraqi army, though while they likely have retaken the town it’s not clear that they’ve captured the refinery yet. Losing Baiji was a big blow for ISIS, and losing it again will be a blow for the Iraqi army, underscoring just how much less effective a fighting force they are as compared to ISIS or the Kurds. It’s also a blow for the Shiʿi militias and their Iranian supporters, who were a big part of the Iraqi effort to drive ISIS out of Baiji last month.

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2 thoughts on “Iraq: 2 steps forward, 1 step back

  1. so sad for me as an assyrian to see my assyrian nation (christians in iraq) and our neighbours yezidies being masscred,deported and sold as sexslaves by isis. I hope for peace in iraq, all the people of iraq need peace and help.

    Take a rare glimpse into the lives of the Assyrians and Yezidis after the ISIS attacks in Iraq: http://vimeo.com/112613760
    Documentary about assyrians and yezidies: “the last plight” by sargon saadi

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