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6/12/2014 (5 months ago)

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Officials worry Iraq could split

It has been just three years since the last U.S. troops left Iraq, but the parallels between this war and America's last unpopular war-Vietnam-are still growing.

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their country.

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their country.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/12/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: NEWS, Midddle East, Iraq


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Muslim insurgents, led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), have continued to take city after city in northwestern Iraq, recently claiming Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. These groups continue to push towards the capital of Baghdad and into Iraq's predominantly Shia populated regions.

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These developments make the likelihood of Iraq being divided into several states highly likely, especially as Kurdish forces hold much of the nation's north. On June 11, the Iraqi Ambassador to Washington warned that the "integrity of Iraq is in question."

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their co

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their country.


Currently, the Iraqi army has called for citizens to volunteer to fight the estimated 30,000-50,000 insurgents, and thousands have; celebrating with Iraqi soldiers at enlistment areas.

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their co

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their country.


Even with an influx of troops, Iraq is going to need help from the U.S. and the greater international community.

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their co

Thousands of Iraqis have volunteered to fight the insurgents that threaten the stability of their country.


Speaking with reporters on June 11, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. "will not rule anything out," in aiding Iraq. "This is an area that we have been watching with a lot of concern," he said.

An Iraqi policeman who has been executed by ISIS.

An Iraqi policeman who has been executed by ISIS.


A senior official did rule out the possibility of sending American troops back to Iraq.

"No boots on the ground," he said.

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni group aiming to overthrow the Iraqi gov

Members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni group aiming to overthrow the Iraqi government.


The Iraqi army has declared one victory, at least in the short term, a Defense Ministry statement reported. Retaking the city of Tikrit-Saddam Hussein's home town-which had largely been under the control of militants the days before, and carrying out numerous airstrikes on ISIS targets.

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