[Marxism] Iraq

Philip Ferguson philipferguson8 at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 18:42:28 MDT 2014

News from Iraq is getting worse by the hour. Many cities in the north of
the country have now fallen to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
(Isis), working in alliance with a variety of Sunni groups and tribes. The
mortar attack on Iraq’s biggest oil refinery is another example of the
escalation of the conflict. On June 17 news came of an attempt to capture
of the city of Baquba, the capital of Diyala province, which is just 64
kilometres north of Baghdad.

Isis already controls Mosul, Tikrit, Tal Afar and a number of smaller
cities and towns. However, its gains in the north of Iraq are not just
military advances: the group is now able to access government military
equipment, including helicopters and Humvee military vehicles, as well as
substantial funds held at banks and insurance companies in the places it
has taken. It is reported that the banks of Mosul alone have increased the
jihadist group’s funds by $400 million. Of course, Isis has additional
regular income from the oilfields it controls in eastern Syria, the sale of
antiquities looted from historical sites, as well as donations from wealthy
contributors in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states.  full at:

See also the interview with Yassamine Mather at:

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