Iraq: Blame game

Published August 19, 2015 by godshope1971

The fall of Mosul was the subject of an Iraqi parliament debate Monday, in which a 200-page report with interviews of more than 30 former Iraqi military and political leaders was presented to determine who was responsible for the fall of the city.

Iraqi parliament speaker Selim al-Jabbouri told journalists that pressure was put on the committee investigating the fall of Mosul to remove the names of certain prominent figures, but that all those involved in the setback will be prosecuted in court.

United Arab Emirates-based Middle East analyst Theodore Karasik argues that the debate over the fall of Mosul is part of the political struggle being waged by Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to reform Iraq’s political system

“(Grand Ayatollah) Ali Sistani sent out his word that Abadi should start this anti-corruption campaign and clean out those who made mistakes in the past years. Maliki of course is going to be a main target because it was under his reign that Iraq remained a disaster. So, this has created the situation that Maliki is being held responsible particularly with the Mosul incident,” he said.

Karasik says Maliki’s accusations are shared by others who claim Ankara “turned a blind eye to the Islamic State problem at the time,” and that the Kurds did not come to the rescue of the Iraqi government when they could have. ∞∞∞∞∞ MORE »»»»

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