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Monday
Jun232014

Can Anything Stop the ISIS?

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) -- With practically no resistance, fighters for the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq captured more territories in western Iraq, including four towns in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, over the weekend along with border crossings to Syria and Jordan.

The takeover of Mosul earlier in June has led to a domino effect that Iraqi national forces are seemingly powerless to stop.

Along with seizing the towns of Qaim, Rutba, Rawa and Anah, the ISIS has also gained control of a strategic airport in the northern town of Tal Afar. This could be a critical loss for Baghdad, which hoped to use the airport as a launching pad for attacks against its enemy.

Meanwhile, with Sunni militants taking border posts of al-Waleed on the Syrian frontier and Turaibil on the Jordanian border, they now control the flow of fighters and arms into the west.

One Sunni tribal leader estimated that 90 percent of Anbar Province is in the hands of the ISIS.

As for whether this could have all been prevented, the handwriting began appearing on the wall when the western city of Fallujah was lost to militants last January along with half the province of Ramadi.

When the ISIS began a full-fledged onslaught in June, Iraqi troops and police essentially threw down their guns, took off their uniforms and fled their posts.


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