Sad thing is that much of this could have been prevented if zero had leaned on al Maliki to include Sunni representation in his govt. instead of freezing them out.This was almost predictable
They have been around in one form or another since almost 2,000.their leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is described as a mystery man having perhaps several id's,like a bad movie.
They were almost destroyed completely but like herpes keep coming back. Today their numbers were estimated at 6-10k before they started taking over Iraq. No telling how big they are now.
Seems they are left overs from the Saddamm Hussiens Bathist party and have all kinds of war(terrorist style) experience both in Syria and in Iraq. With the 429 million they just stole in Mosul they can conceivably hire tens of thousands of fighters(when that runs out they get money from the Saudis and Qatar and probably Kuwait as well) to join their side. Evidently $600 per month hires a fighter in an area where Iraqi soldiers where street clothes under their uniforms just in case they need to make a quick wardrobe change and get the hell out of dodge.
If ISIS finds Sunnis that are not deemed sufficiently religious enough they could be killed in a heartbeat. They killed thousands in Tikrit alone. No telling how many were Sunni. This is a viscous group that uses car bombs intimidation,you name it sort a far more religious Haqqni on steroids.
Got ta get out the popcorn.
The group taking over in Iraq, which we oppose, is the same group fighting in Syria, which we support. What could go wrong?
It’s one more example of “How’s that working out for you 0zero?”
Also enjoyable to learn no boots on the ground policy as we send in advisers to Jordan and elsewhere. They must be wearing moccasins or ballet shoes or something. Not boots.