ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is a terrorist organization that even Al Qaeda has distanced itself from. Al Qaeda for all intensive purposes is a terrorist franchise. Read my report in 2008 that detailed the developments of Al-Qaeda as a franchised terrorist organization. ISIS is a brutal component of a much wider system of discontent with the Iraqi government as tribal leaders have forcibly or willingly chosen allegiance with ISIS.
These are not your typical brand of terrorists as in Syria they proved themselves to be the most brutal of terrorists. Like most terrorists organizations they are part of the Wahhabism sect of Islam. They’re fighting a war between Shia and Sunni, notably ISIS is anti-shia. ISIS seeks to have a stranglehold of the Levant including Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus, and Southern Turkey. ISIS is believed to have a force of about 10,000 fighters throughout Syria and Iraq. They are equipped with rocket launchers and machine guns.
On the other hand, Iraq has 800,000 troops but they’ve largely been disenfranchised with the government of Iraq therefore many have dropped their arms or been killed by ISIS. The fall of Baghdad is not as imminent as it seems, but there will likely be a battle taking place there as ISIS seeks to expand. In African nations, we’ve seen fighters in the past take the capitols of the cities with few security forces in the capitol cities giving much of a fight. This could easily happen in Baghdad if the system of rebel forces follow the same principles.
This is the United States’ worst case scenario for Iraq. But guess who supplied ISIS? The United States. Our government wanted to see the downfall of Syria, and supplied weapons to rebels. U.S. foreign policy usually sees the backlash of it’s policies in decades, but unfortunately the U.S. is seeing in just a couple of years. These rebels were supplied by the U.S. and now it is time to leave our efforts in the Syria and Iraq to the people that are able to handle it, preferably the government of Iraq. In the media, the blame is going to the President of Iraq when in reality ISIS was created by the U.S. This is the spin machine that neglects to understand U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. may have created this problem but it is not up to the U.S. to solve it. It is Iraq’s problem, now. At least that’s how it’s portrayed.