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Iraq Loses Control Over Its Jordanian, Syrian Borders

From an irony-proof Reuters:

Kerry presses Maliki as Iraq loses control of Syrian, Jordanian borders

By Lesley Wroughton and Ahmed Rasheed | June 23, 2014

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq’s prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad’s forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control.

Sunni tribes took the Turaibil border crossing, the only legal crossing point between Iraq and Jordan, after Iraqi security forces fled, Iraqi and Jordanian security sources said.

The tribes were negotiating to hand the post over to insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant who took control of two main crossings with Syria over the weekend.

Kurdish forces control a third border post with Syria in the north, leaving central government troops with no presence along the entire Western frontier which includes some of the most important east-west trade routes in the Middle East.

Why should we fret about Iraq losing control of over its western borders when have lost control of our southern border for years now? And intentionally.

For the insurgents, capturing the frontier is a dramatic step towards the goal of erasing the modern border altogether and building a caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq…

What should we call the glorious new American-Central American caliphate? Aztlán?

Senior Iraqi politicians, including at least one member of Maliki’s own ruling list, have told Reuters that the message that Washington would be open to Maliki leaving power has been delivered in diplomatic language to Iraqi leaders.

How diplomatic of them.

Recent meetings between Maliki and American officials have been described as tense. According to a Western diplomat briefed on the conversations by someone attending the meetings, U.S. diplomats have informed Maliki he should accept leaving if he cannot gather a majority in parliament for a third term. U.S. officials have contested that such a message was delivered.

If only we had a parliamentarian system.

A close ally of Maliki has described him as having grown bitter toward the Americans in recent days over their failure to provide strong military support…

Who can blame him?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, June 23rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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