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    Mosul Falls (attempt 2)

    The current situation in Iraq is worrying. With the rise of extremist Islamist group ISIS- or ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria/the Levant) in the southern part of Iraq there are major concerns for human rights as the following UN article reflects: United Nations News Centre - Iraq: UN envoy demands Islamist forces end ?horrific terrorist acts? . However this doesn't appear to be a simple thing of sending US troops back into the streets of Iraq (for the moment at least). This thread will be for discussion on Iraq, the effects on its neighbours and effects on its western allies (should we call them that). Seeings as a major city in Iraq has been taken by these people, it's clearly important enough to bear in mind.

    Agent Nationaux correctly alluded to how this situation is similar to post- Soviet invasion Afghanistan. This is a fair comparison seeings how it was created by a foreign invasion which only created a power vacuum. Furthermore the US and its western allies have by no means gone out of their way to give resounding support for the people who we should be helping (Ahmad Shah Massoud comes to mind in Afghanistan and the Baghdad government which has received only limited help with no obvious military results). Thus Iraq should be the lesson the US should've learned in the 1990s that if you intervene in a country, you should try to stay until the job is properly done. Furthermore this comparison reflects the predictable nature of this sequence of events and thus should have been avoided.

    Lastly I want to reflect the complex situation. With so many group vying for control and/or autonomy the situation is complex and not easy to solve. The following article reflects this: BBC News - Struggle for Iraq: In maps

    I hope it goes without saying that we should avoid discussing the intricacies of Islam and whether it's good or bad.
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    Or the lesson from the 70s, don't intervene at all.

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    Is ISIS made up of Saddam's old guard or is it made up of groups that Saddam was suppressing?

    Have to say that Saddam did a lot better job at controlling the snakes in his country because ever since he has gone, they have all come out to play.


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    From what i understand some of the old guard have been with ISIS from the start, but a lot more have jumped on the band wagon right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohnoitsyou View Post
    From what i understand some of the old guard have been with ISIS from the start, but a lot more have jumped on the band wagon right now.
    Yes that appears to be the case;

    The British newspaper Daily Mail revealed information confirming that IS is making around $1 million daily by selling Iraqi oil, while other data indicates that the organization is selling 150,000 barrels per day from Syrian oil fields.

    IS is considered the richest armed organization in the world, and it has also taken over around $425 million from Iraqi banks in Mosul. All these funds are used to restructure IS from within. It thus started to act as a state, using the expertise of the former state figures who had ruled under the previous regime including technicians, administrators and military men while importing experts from abroad to highlight its new state and make it appear different than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohnoitsyou View Post
    Or the lesson from the 70s, don't intervene at all.
    I suppose the problem with total non-intervention ever is that it allows things like the Rwanda Genocide to happen.

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    Who the **** is actually buying ISIS oil?

    I mean, 150k barrels per day is barely a dent in the overall world oil supply, but even still, surely there isn't much of a market for crude oil when you know the profits are being funnelled into a ludicrously extreme religious organisation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    Who the **** is actually buying ISIS oil?

    I mean, 150k barrels per day is barely a dent in the overall world oil supply, but even still, surely there isn't much of a market for crude oil when you know the profits are being funnelled into a ludicrously extreme religious organisation.
    It's oil. You'd be surprised.

    Sell it half a cent cheaper and there'd be a line around the block even if it came with a DVD with your all time greatest gruesome atrocities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    a DVD with your all time greatest gruesome atrocities.
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    As long as you're not supporting India

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    As long as you're not supporting India
    You should always be highly suspicious of people who are, imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andmark View Post
    Agent Nationaux correctly alluded to...
    I am literally unsure of how to react to a sentence that begins this way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    I am literally unsure of how to react to a sentence that begins this way.
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    On a serious note, the ironic thing here is that an intervention now would be much more justified than than the (in my opinion criminal) intervention in 2003. But of course the first (or second rather ) one is so unpopular that another seems impossible.
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