Campaign against Islamic State loses its Shiite religious name in Sunni region

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Shi'ite paramilitaries ride in military vehicles in Nibai, May 26, 2015, in effort to push Islamic State out of Sunni heartland of Iraq. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Shi'ite paramilitaries ride in military vehicles in Nibai, May 26, 2015, in effort to push Islamic State out of Sunni heartland of Iraq. Photo courtesy of Reuters.

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The campaign name, with Shi'ite references that highlighted a dependence on Shi'ite paramilitaries could have alienated Sunni Iraqis.

  • “The United States said it was “unhelpful” that the militias had dubbed the operation…”

    The USA has been unhelpful enough.
    We took the Saddam lid off the genie in the bottle and unleashed a centuries-old civil war between Sunnis and Shiites.

    We did this in the name of Christian religious objectives,
    “This is a crusade” – George W. Bush

    Bush’s Christian cabinet commandeered a needless, ruthless war over the objections of the American people. They behaved like a band of Torquemada imperialists and killed hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

    Donald Rumsfeld
    Dick Cheney
    Condoleeza Rice
    Colin Powell
    et al…

    For what? Who knows?
    It was entirely unencumbered by the thought process.

    We are witnessing the implosion of all law and order in that region – and we can be blamed for it thanks to our ignorant politicians.
    We clearly meddled in a region we did not understand and now it is out of control.

  • Larry

    Why, for the love of humanity, are we working with foreign backed armed forces, with an Islamicist agenda no better than ISIS, who have attacked US troops in the past?

    Unlike the Shia militias, the Kurds were never hostile to US forces and are actively trying to care for people beyond sectarian/ethnic divisions. We should be arming THESE guys to the gills. Not the Iran-backed ISIS-Shia faction types.