‘ISIL is losing’: Iraqis optimistic for 2015

Circumstances of battle have changed in favour of Iraqi troops since June, local security officials say.

Regional countries have been sharing intelligence information with Iraq to help defeat ISIL [Al Jazeera]

Regional countries have been sharing intelligence information with Iraq to help defeat ISIL [Al Jazeera]

Baghdad – Iraqi security forces backed by Shia militias, Kurdish forces and Sunni Muslim tribesmen will drive the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) from all Iraqi lands before the end of 2015, Iraqi security officials and analysts say.

Iraq has been witnessing its worst security crisis since the 2003 US-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein. In June, ISIL fighters overran Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul without any real resistance from Iraqi troops. A few days later, ISIL seized the neighbouring province of Salahaddin and swaths of Kirkuk and Anbar provinces.

Thousands of civilians and troops have been killed since then in direct clashes or mass executions carried out by ISIL. About two million people have been displaced from the conflict zones.

The dramatic collapse of Iraqi troops in the northern and western provinces and the rapid advance of ISIL fighters towards the capital prompted Aytollah Ali al-Sistani, the most revered Shia cleric in the country, to call on Iraqis to volunteer to back up the Iraqi security forces in their battle against ISIL.

Iraqi security officials and analysts said the local and regional circumstances of the battle between Iraqi troops and ISIL fighters have changed in favour of Iraqi troops since June. Among the key players battling ISIL are Iran, the US-led international military coalition, anti-ISIL tribesmen and a regional intelligence coalition.

Iran, which has strong ties with the Shia-led government in Baghdad, was the first country in the region to respond to the Iraqi government’s calls for help – primarily ammunition and weapons, as the Iraqis lost thousands of weapons and equipment after withdrawing in Mosul, Salahaddin and Anbar.

Read more at Al Jazeera

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5 replies

  1. ISIL lost from the get go by demanding total obedience or the result is death. Harsh methods that have been proved in the past to be non starters. They are temporary power struggles of a few without the ability to govern a non military populace.

    I second konigludwig!.

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  2. By driving Daesh from Iraq, I assume they’ll be forced into Syria. Although it would be great for Iraq, Syria will be in more danger, if that is even possible.

    Daesh must be diminished, contained or better, almost wiped out. I hate to say that, but the death and destruction caused by Daesh is unacceptable.

    The Iraqi citizens deserve a stablilized country and I have hopes that some day they will be able to achive that by giving representation to all groups of people.

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  3. One unintended consequence of the rise of ISIS is the neighbors are now talking with each other. At least sharing intelligence information about them with each other for thier own self interest.
    This could even lead to real dialogue about common interests in the region….

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