View Full Version : How Northern Iraq Fell To The Insurgency

08-26-2014, 02:28 PM
When Mosul and Tikrit fell in early June 2014 there were plenty of conspiracy theories to explain why it happened. One was that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki let the cities be taken to make an excuse for him to hold onto power. Another was that the Kurds and Sunni politicians worked with the insurgents to push out the federal government forces so that they could seize territory. The truth of the matter was much simpler and depressing. Baghdad did not take the attack upon Mosul seriously. It turned down offers to reinforce the city, while the commanders of the security forces there ended up leaving causing mass desertions and the fall of the city. The federal government then fell into disarray and shock as militants charged south from Mosul into Salahaddin. Nothing was organized to defend Tikrit and other areas in the province, which were quickly conquered too. It wasn’t a plot that led to the de facto division of Iraq, but rather government incompetence in the face of a small yet determined enemy.

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