Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/13/2014 (8 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Obama may address the nation soon, as the situation will require some level of U.S. intervention.

If you're sensitive about prices at the pump to fill up your tank, do it now because the price of oil is surging as American is getting drawn into a third conflict in Iraq. The sudden success of an al-Qaeda affiliated terror network in carving out a country for itself is nearly complete and the world is scrambling to respond.

ISIS troops are well equipped and motivated. Many of them are battle-hardened compared to the poorly-trained Iraqi forces.

ISIS troops are well equipped and motivated. Many of them are battle-hardened compared to the poorly-trained Iraqi forces.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/13/2014 (8 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iraq, ISIS, intervention, war, oil, Iran


KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT (Catholic Online) - The city of Baghdad is already falling to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces as military units abandon their weapons and posts and flee ahead of the apparently unstoppable columns of ISIS combatants.

The group, ISIS, is imposing strict sharia law in its wake, ordering women to stay indoors and wear burkas. Now, they have vowed to capture Baghdad and are already closing in.

Pray for peace in this troubled time.

The ISIS movement is a Sunni insurgency while the governments of Iraq and Iran are dominated by Shiites. The ethnic Kurds of the region, long feeling abandoned by the world, have taken up arms alongside ISIS. In response, Iran is sending two brigades of troops to fight the fast-moving insurgency. Iraq and Iran make strange bedfellows following their long history of mortal conflict with one another, but recently relations have warmed as Iran sees the power vacuum left by the U.S. as an opportunity to expand its hegemony.

Meanwhile, Islamic Imams in Baghdad encouraged the faithful to fight back against the Sunni rebellion, and to defend Baghdad. Thousands have volunteered to join the army and fight, but the army itself continues to run before ISIS militants, abandoning equipment and territory to the enemy.

For his part, Obama has declined to commit U.S. ground forces, likely aware that Americans are weary of conflict in the region. However, to send no support would be the same as supporting the insurgency. It is likely that Obama will order airstrikes, at least from drones, if not from Navy fighters in the region.

These orders could have already been given, or they could be given later today. Americans should expect to hear from Obama soon, although no address to the nation has been announced.

According to the UN, nearly a million people have fled from ISIS occupation and are now displaced in Iraq. With the UN already committed in Syria and South Sudan, where famines are taking a terrible toll, there does not seem to be the resources to help the Iraqi refugees.

Americans have been evacuated from Iraq, the national government is already predicting the fall of the "Green Zone" a supposedly secure military enclave in Baghdad, and the world is looking to the U.S. to show leadership and help. However, American help could strain relations with Saudi Arabia, which privately supports ISIS and is dominated by a Sunni regime.

If ISIS succeeds in forming a state, it could become a key enemy of the United States, providing a key base of operations for terrorists in the region.

Brent crude oil has surged to over $112 per barrel, and looks to continue gains in the days ahead.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2015
Universal:
Scientists: That those involved in scientific research may serve the well-being of the whole human person.
Evangelization: Contribution of women: That the unique contribution of women to the life of the Church may be recognized always.



Comments


More Middle East

CULTURAL GENOCIDE: ISIS bulldozes ruins of ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud Watch

Image of Video depicting ISIS militants using sledgehammers to obliterate stone sculptures and other centuries-old artifacts in the Mosul Museum had been released the previous week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In addition to the countless lives they have brutally taken, Islamic State continues to destroy irreplaceable global cultural treasures. ISIS has bulldozed the site of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq, the nation's Ministry of Tourism and ... continue reading


ISIS video game? New ISIS execution video made to resemble computer shooting game Watch

Image of Shia militiamen try to keep Islamist State militants at bay.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In falling to new depths of depravity, Islamic State militants are now filming execution videos to resemble computer games. These videos reduce the murder of innocent people to the level of pixilated cartoons. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The latest videos ... continue reading


A miracle in the modern age! Conjoined twins successfully separated in Saudi Arabia Watch

Image of After nine hours in surgery, two Yemeni boys, who were born as conjoined twins, will be able to live normal lives.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

After nine hours of surgery, two baby boys, born as conjoined twins, have a chance at living normal lives. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The two boys, from Yemen, were born connected at the torso, and shared both their large and small intestines, their genitals, ... continue reading


Young boy horrifically murdered on tape - surprisingly, NOT BY ISIS? (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A newly horrifying video, showing a nine-year-old boy being murdered by militia, has been publicly released. However, this video does not show ISIS militants as the perpetrators. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - This graphic video, said to be filmed near Tikrit, ... continue reading


Was a girl really stoned to death for having a Facebook account? Watch

Image of Stones used in an execution are not to be too large or too small. They must be the right size to cause painful injury and eventually death, but not immediately. Suffering is part of the punishment and deterrent.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two weeks ago, the Islamic State stoned to death a Syrian girl for adultery, despite the fact she never touched another person. Her actual crime? Opening a Facebook account. The report is controversial however because it has not been confirmed by outside sources and ... continue reading


ISIS RELEASES 19 kidnapped Assyrian Christians but what about the other 200? Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Nineteen of the more than 200 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS in north-eastern Syria have been set free. Taken from their homes in February, the fate and whereabouts of the remaining Assyrian Christians is still unknown. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Those ... continue reading


Emails from a MADMAN: 'Jihadi John's' horrific emails to reporter reveal his instability Watch

Image of Mohammed Emwazi as a young lad -- unaware of the chill he would bring the world in his later years.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Jihadi John," the Islamist State terrorist connected to at least six executions of Western journalists broadcast online is now identified as former London resident Mohammed Emwazi. People who knew the elusive murderer are now coming forward with insights on ... continue reading


(WARNING: Graphic Photos) ISIS throws another 'gay' man off rooftop to die Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

ISIS has, once again, resorted to throwing a man to his death off a high building. With a large crowd witnessing the procedures, the Islamic State carries out a guilty charge to a man accused of being a "child of lot." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to ... continue reading


Destroying culture: New Islamic State video shows priceless statues beheaded Watch

Image of The five-minute video shows men going at statue after statue, knocking them to the ground and destroying them with sledgehammers and jackhammers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In another atrocity perpetrated against world history and culture, members of Islamic State are shown destroying priceless works of art in a museum in Mosul, Iraq. Some statues are beheaded in the manner of IS' squirming victims. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


ISIS' leading man, the masked Jihadi John's true identity revealed Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The man behind the mask in brutal ISIS execution videos, known as Jihadi John, is assumed to be a British man named Mohammed Emwazi. Jihadi John appears in the beheading videos of American hostages, James Foley and Steven Sotloff and Britan hostages, Alan Henning and ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18
3 Jacob loved Joseph more than all his other sons, ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
16 He called down famine on the land, he took away ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
33 'Listen to another parable. There was a man, a ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for March 6th, 2015 Image

St. Colette
March 6: Colette was the daughter of a carpenter named DeBoilet at Corby ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter