By John O’Hara
The Iraqi government in Baghdad has given Russia permission to attack ISIS targets in Iraq. This unprecedented move comes in the wake of General Dunford’s visit to Iraq last week and the guarantee he received from the Iraqi government, stating that they would not seek Russia’s help in the war on ISIS.
So, we now have a situation where the Russians have moved into Syria and will soon be operating in Iraq as well. The Obama administration’s foreign policy is in shambles and Russia and Iran will soon be running rampant in the Middle East.
Putin obviously knows that Obama is weak. He also knows that the US military has extreme readiness, morale and social issues. He has no respect for the President, nor does he take us seriously.
The Russians only understand one thing; brute force. Putin will continue to move on our interests until he’s checkmated. Until then, havoc will be the order of the day.
As Russian airstrikes push ISIL terrorists from Syria into Iraq, Moscow and Baghdad agreed to hit the militants in Iraq, said Hakem al-Zameli, the head of the Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defense Commission, according to Fars News Agency.
ISIL militants aren’t going to find a safe haven from Russian airstrikes in Iraq after the country’s parliament gave Russia the green light to conduct airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq.
“Iraq agreed with Russia, which leads the joint data center, to hit the ISIL militants heading from Syria into Iraq,” al-Zameli said, highlighting the fact that the move would also cut off ISIL supply routes from Iraq into Syria, as cited by Fars.
The approval comes amid security coordination between the governments of Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria — all of which seek to destroy ISIL. The four nations launched the Baghdad Information Center to coordinate their military actions against the terrorists both in Syria and Iraq.
On September 30, Russia launched precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria bordering Iraq following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad. Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said earlier that Baghdad had not requested similar assistance.
The Russian military operation has been widely praised by Iraqi Shiites. For instance, the members of the Shi’ite Badr Organization have claimed they would “strongly welcome” both air attacks conducted by Russians in Iraq and an increasing role of Russia in the entire Middle East region, as the US’ approach to fight with ISIL militants is “not serious.”
Immediately following Russia’s airstrike campaign in Syria, Russian and Iraqi officials left open the possibility of expanding Russia’s anti-terrorist airstrikes from Syria into Iraq. Earlier this month, Iraq Prime Minister Haider Abadi said he would welcome Russian airstrikes against ISIL positions in his country if the Russian military succeeded in Syria.
Iraq has given Russia permission to hit Islamic State group targets inside its borders, adding to the awkward tensions between Washington and Moscow, which are both now independently bombing the terror organization in its strongholds of Syria and Iraq, according to an Iraqi security official. The decision comes just days after a U.S. diplomatic envoy sought assurances from the Baghdad government that it would not allow Russian jets to conduct operations inside Iraq.Hakem al-Zamli, head of the Iraqi Parliament’s Security and Defense Committee, said Friday that the new strikes would help weaken ISIS by cutting off its supply routes into Syria, according to the Anadolu News Agency, a state-run media group in Turkey.
Russia has been keen to weaken the terror group’s supply routes into Syria since Moscow sanctioned bombing raids in support of the authoritarian Bashar Assad regime in late September. Russian jets have conducted hundreds of bombing raids against ISIS and rebel Syrian factions, coming in close contact with U.S. jets that are exclusively targeting the Islamic State group.
The U.S. and several Western countries also operating inside Syria have previously said that Russia’s targeting of the moderate groups in Syria, many of which enjoy the support of Washington, are making ISIS stronger, according to a Russia Today report.
U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford made a visit to Iraq Tuesday in order to seek assurances from the government in Baghdad that Russia would not be conducting operations against ISIS on Iraqi soil. “I said it would make it very difficult for us to be able to provide the kind of support that you need if the Russians were here conducting operations as well,” Dunford told reporters traveling with him after the talks, according to Reuters. “Both the minister of defense and the prime minister said: ‘Absolutely.’ There is no request right now for the Russians to support them, there’s no consideration for the Russians to support them, and the Russians haven’t asked them to come in and conduct operations.”
It was not known when the new strikes would begin inside Iraq.