Seven years in the making and 2.6 million words in output, Britain’s Iraq Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, was highly critical of the decision taken by then-British prime minister Tony Blair to wage war in Iraq, a conflict that reverberates to this day.
Rukmini Callamachi, the NYT reporter on the Islamic State beat, posted a remarkably informative Twitter essay Sunday evening on the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. I’ve reproduced it below:
From the NYT via the Globe and Mail (“Islamic State captures key city of Ramadi after Iraqi forces flee”): The last Iraqi security forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi on Sunday, as the key city fell completely to the militants of the Islamic State, who ransacked the provincial military headquarters, seizing a large store […]
Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Canadian forces involved in the air war against Islamic State that they have his unconditional support for the effort — then went into a hair-raising rant about the dangers posed by IS.
Reuters is reporting ugliness on the ground in Tikrit, Iraq, two days after Shi’ite militias pushed Islamic State militants out of the Sunni city where one-time dictator Saddam Hussein was born.
From the Toronto Star: Canadian special forces soldiers on a “non-combat” mission in Iraq have been giving directions to fighter jets to bomb Islamic State positions and have exchanged gunfire with extremists, the military said Monday, revealing a more involved role for Canadians than previously disclosed.
In three words, not so good.
In the House of Commons this evening, MPs voted 157 to 134, with three abstentions, to deploy CF-18s to Iraq to bomb the forces of Islamic State, a savagely militant Islamist group that has taken root there.
Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson thinks the West is again risking trouble by going after Islamic State without having a thorough understanding of the forces acting on the Middle East these days.
CBC’s Washington correspondent Neil Macdonald has penned an analysis wondering why the U.S. has its fright on so much over Islamic State, considering it poses no credible threat to the U.S. at this time.