According to a Fox News reporting and quoting the Wall Street Journal, Grand Ayatollah Sistani is recruiting Iraqis to join the fight against the ISIL insurgents. He is the senior Shia leader who resides in Tehran with offices in Iran and Iraq. the Maliki government has been accused of favoring the Shias and excluding the Sunnis which has led to the insurrection. The ISIL is exploiting this circumstance.
The US has sent the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier fleet to a position in the Persian Gulf that can reach targets in Iraq. The sort of firepower in that flotilla is probably wrong for this effort, but there may be exceptions.
Reports yesterday on CNN said that US embassy personnel could be extracted via commercial airlines unless it gets too desperate.
Diplomats are truly worried about a Sunni vs Shia Middle East war. That could get way out of control and difficult to contain. Yet, that is how this shaping up. Hopefully, nations will get a grip and see the danger in letting the ISIL win this initiative. They must be repressed effectively to restore order to the entire region.
If you have a big boat with Bush’s name on it, that should be terrorizing.
“US aircraft carrier repositioned in case needed in Iraq
Published June 14, 2014
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered the carrier to be moved Saturday from the North Arabian Sea to the Arabian Gulf and are expected to arrive sometime this evening.Reuters
The Pentagon said Saturday that the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush will be repositioned to provide President Obama ‘additional flexibility’ in Iraq.
An Al Qaeda splinter group, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), has been on the move. The group has been conducting an offensive in the western region of the country and threatens stability in Baghdad.
Obama said Friday his administration would not send U.S. troops into combat. He made clear that any U.S. involvement likely would be limited, pressing the embattled Iraqi government to develop a "political plan" and make a "sincere effort" to resolve sectarian divisions.
"We can't do it for them," Obama said.”