IRAQ HURTLING TO CHAOS
Iraq was rocked by chaos over the week as the United States launched more air strikes against Islamic militants with the Islamic State, which has also been known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). But Iraq was also rocked by a possible coup.
According to media reports, after the new Iraqi President, Fouad Massoum, declined to re-nominate Nouri al-Maliki, the current Iraqi Prime Minister, after taking office, Maliki refused to step down. Maliki then reportedly ordered the deployment of security forces, accusing Massoum of carrying out a coup. Tweets apparently from Maliki’s own State of Law Party’s Twitter account indicate that Maliki’s own party has disavowed him. Massoum announced that he was asking Haider al-Ibadi to serve as prime minister.
Meanwhile, at the battle front, American airstrikes helped Kurdish peshmerga fighters retake tow villages almost thirty miles away from the Kurdish capital of Erbil. Five airstrikes on Sunday destroyed at least three ISIL armored vehicles and at least one mortar position. Humanitarian airlift operations also continued as C-17 and C-130 cargo planes continued their mission.
Reports also surfaced of an ISIL atrocity. At least 500 Yazidi were reportedly buried alive by the terrorist group, which started out as an affiliate of al-Qaeda. The group has demanded that the Yazidi, a religious minority, convert to Islam or die. American forces reportedly pulled out some of the staff in the Baghdad embassy.