We’ve Played Key Role In Helping Militants
As they steamrolled across northern Iraq, Sunni militants had important help from an old power in the country former members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and his army.
One retired air force colonel said he is a member of a newly uk canada goose formed military council overseeing Mosul, the large city captured last week by canadian goose jacket ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and its canada goose outlet online allies from Sunni Arab armed factions.
He canada goose outlet spoke in a phone interview from Mosul and agreed to talk only on the condition that he not be named. He said he was worried about being targeted. invasion of 2003.
The former officer said there were multiple armed Sunni Arab factions that feel marginalized by Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki’s Shiite led government.
“They [ISIS] are not in cheap canada goose charge. They are not responsible [for] everything,” the officer said.
He described ISIS as one of five armed factions opposing the government. The others are made up of people like Canada Goose Online himself who previously belonged to the military or the Baath Party.
One of the biggest factions is the Naqshbandi, ostensibly an order of the mystical Sufi sect but in essence a collection of Baathist holdovers. military’s deck of cards ranking former regime targets.
Other support for ISIS comes from forces loyal to the Baathist former Gen. Mohamed Younes Ahmed, who for years has helped the Sunni insurgency, reportedly from Syria. Assistance is canada goose outlet uk also coming from smaller groupings of Saddam loyalists from the old military and security apparatus men who are valued for the tactical canada goose outlet in usa experience and intelligence gathering they canada goose clearance perfected under Saddam’s iron fisted rule.
“They have got good skill, good experience. They have good training. and they canada goose outlet jackets have good weapons and that’s why they got canada goose outlet https://www.nationaalzweminstituuteindhoven.nl store a victory [so] fast.”
A key component of the militants’ strategy is state building, not just military victories, he said, adding that cheap canada goose he’s a member of the ad hoc council that’s trying to restore basic services to Mosul.
And although black ISIS flags now fly over the city and ISIS has issued laws based on its extreme ideology, the ex colonel claims that it is former Sunni military officers, not ISIS, who have been left in control of the city.
“Everything is OK and our people, they decided to continue their operation to canada goose outlet black friday Baghdad to change Canada Goose sale that government,” he said.
The goal, he said, is to remove Maliki and take over the country. ISIS may share that goal, but it’s not clear which group would ultimately be more powerful.
Others outside his movement, including a former Iraqi interior minister, Falah al Naqib, agree that ISIS is just the tip of the spear, perhaps no more than 15 percent of the anti government forces.
“Mainly it’s the ex military cheap Canada Goose commanders, the army, the ex army which have been dissolved,” Naqib said.
Naqib said that the Sunni groups agree on Canada Goose Outlet their military goal, but they don’t agree on the tactics. He referred to mass executions that ISIS has boasted about online. He claimed canada goose jacket outlet some 500 people canada goose outlet uk sale were executed by ISIS around the city of Tikrit, angering former officers who canada goose outlet reviews are trying to pressure the group to stop.
Naqib is in northern Iraq furiously trying to canada goose uk outlet help find a solution, because he’s afraid of what canada goose black friday sale will happen if the Sunni fighters reach the capital, Baghdad.