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Can the Maliki government repress opposition in Fallujah and Ramadi?

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Secretary of State Kerry says that America will send support but not boots on the ground. Code words for that must translate to drone surveillance and fire mission support, one would imagine.

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed that government troops would remain in the Anbar region until the militants, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), are "eliminated."

"There will be no retreat until we eliminate this gang and rid the people of Anbar of their evil acts," al-Maliki said, according to Sky News. "The people of Anbar asked the government for help, they called us to come to rescue them from terrorists."

There is no option for Mailiki except to eliminate the radicals who include Al- Qaeda/Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. These groups have ties to Syria too which makes the potential for Middle East violence to link into a broader conflict.

Senator McCain complained that this situation was predictable as US military leaders said that this would happen. It doesn’t take military or political genius to say the obvious. What is also true is that this conflict is as Kerry says, “their fight.” It is beyond our capacity to do much about it.



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