Islamic State versus Iraq: Time on whose side?

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By Fatih Abdulsalam

Azzaman, October 11, 2014

As if nothing has happened in Iraq in the past five months when Islamic State (IS) militants routed several army divisions and spread their control over large swathes of territory.

The report by the Washington Post that IS, also known as ISIS, will soon overrun the Province of Anbar, Iraq’s largest in area, seems has fallen on deaf ears.

The world looks on as if Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has not fallen to IS. In the months since its occupation, IS has turned Mosul into a major stronghold, imposing its laws, collecting taxes and own administration; as if the refinery in Baiji, Iraq’s largest with a capacity of 350,000 barrels a day, is functioning and not rendered idle by IS.

As the situation deteriorates in Iraq and with Iraqi forces failing to stand up to IS, regional and world eyes have turned to conditions in Syrian city, Kobane, whose inhabitants have fled to Turkey but its Kurdish fighters determined to defend it to death.

Regional and world countries are not so much concerned about Kobane. They are not keen to deliver it from the jaws of terror.

They are all watching as Kobane and its hundreds of thousands of people are put to slow death.

International community and international media cherish every hour and minute as they watch the fall of Kobane.

They have turned Kobane into pivotal junction between defeat and victory; whether Turkey will get involved in the fight against IS and join the international alliance formed to defeat it.

There are drastic failures in Iraq militarily and in other areas. The problem is that these failures are not seen and dealt with in the framework of the context of events in both Syria and Iraq.

Washington says large portions of Kobane have fallen to IS and then says its control by IS will not be a strategic loss.

That is exactly what IS wants; let its enemies get immersed in their interpretations and dark and elusive theories.

Kobane is finished. Try to find another city to weep over.