After another wave of airstrikes by Syria on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister Nouri al-Maliki considered the action good for both countries.
“There was no coordination involved, but we welcome this action. We welcome any Syrian strike against Isis because this group targets both Iraq and Syria … But we didn’t make any request from Syria. They carry out their strikes and we carry out ours. The final winners are our two countries,” he said in an interview with BBC Arabic.
Maliki has been under considerable pressure since the extremist ISIS has spread dramatically over the last two weeks to capture what some believe to be at least a third of Iraq’s territory in the north and west. The prime minister has asked for aid from Iran, Syria and the U.S. since its own forces have been largely ineffective.
Much of the country’s military has fled its posts in the north and Iraqi troops have so far been unable, or unwilling, to take on Isis in its newly won strongholds.
Isis has consolidated its hold on the central province of Diyala, forcing Kurdish peshmerga troops out of towns in the north of the province and continuing to attack Iraqi forces and Shia irregulars massed to the south.
For many, the answer to Iraq struggle is the formation of an inclusive government with other ethnic groups. Maliki remains steadfastly opposed to doing anything of the sort.
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