Brain Bush’s Blog

New Iraqi Government

  • By : Brian Bush
  • September 9, 2014
  • 3:14 pm

Hello Friends,

The big news in the Middle East is the creation of the new government in Iraq today.

The United States is hailing it as a major milestone and a crucial step towards defeating the militant group, Islamic State (IS).

The desire of the international community is to see a united Iraqi government – one that represents and acts for all of Iraq's communities.

The US State Department said Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to the Middle East today to consult key partners on how to further support the Iraqi government, combat IS, and confront regional security challenges.

This is translated to mean that he will be going to Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who are Sunni Arab Kingdoms and who both share borders with Iraq, to build a coalition to confront and contain IS.

Hopefully this new government will avoid sectarian divides – that have led largely to the situation Iraq is now in – and start building the needed trust to bring together the people as Iraqis rather than their religious/ethnic affiliations.

America will now reward Iraq's unity government with increased military aid in it's fight against IS.

The United Kingdom has already initiated today, as a signal of their support of the new government, a shipment of heavy machine guns and other military hardware.

That task ahead is huge, because the disarray of Iraq's army.

It is largely the Kurdish forces and Shia militia who have been fighting the Sunni IS fighters – and it is the Sunni's of Iraq that have helped IS conquer large areas of the north.

Many believe these Sunnis can turn on IS and help Iraq win back it's territory if they clearly see recognition, rights, and representation in Governance.

It is the Sunni Iraqis who the government must pay the most attention to right now – along with the Kurds who Iraq has to thank that Baghdad isn't flying the black and white flag of IS.

But the message is clear – Iraq is going to do things the way the western powers want it done, or there is no support for the new government.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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