[Marxism] ISIS "success" facilitated by betrayal, Iraqi government inadequacies

Greg McDonald gregmc59 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 13 06:12:42 MDT 2014

The source below is from a purportedly left Lebanese publication. If this
news is correct, it would explain why a garrison of tens of thousands in
Mosul simply vanished overnight.:

"On August 14 2006, Beirut-based *Al-Akhbar* was launched as a “calculated
adventure” <http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/good-timing> by prominent
Lebanese journalist Joseph Samaha and a team of like-minded colleagues. The
late Samaha (1949-2007) envisioned a publication that would uphold the
highest standards of journalistic integrity while remaining true to the
principles of anti-imperialist struggle, progressive politics, and freedom
of expression."

Note: Wiki quotes sources from the NY Times and WSJ saying the Beirut paper
is both pro-Hezbollah and pro-Assad.



"Baghdad is in a state of panic. The streets are empty. Gunmen are 20
kilometers (12.42 miles) away from the capital. Popular forces armed by the
state are deployed around the city to protect its residents from the
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). All eyes are on Diyala, the gateway
to the south by the Iranian borders. There is no army and no security
forces except in the green zone, and their loyalty is now questionable
after information was confirmed that senior officers turned against the
government and handed their military areas to the newcomers.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki addressed his military officers on TV
in light of security reports stating that the attackers are Baathists
affiliated with Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri - who was vice president under
Saddam - as well as officers from the former Iraqi army and Fedayeen
Saddam. According to the reports, more than 40 officers who had served in
Saddam Hussein’s army conspired with the attackers. There are tales of
betrayal involving senior military leaders including General Abboud Qanbar,
Lieutenant General Ali Ghaidan and General Mahdi al-Ghazzawi, all members
of the former army."

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