Iraq to ask US for billions of dollars in arms to fight Islamic State; will go to Iran if turned down

There are thousands of signs depicting Iran’s supreme leader gently smiling to a population once mobilized against the Islamic Republic in eight years of war (picture from 2012). Source.

Iraq’s prime minister will seek President Barack Obama’s help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other US arms to fight Islamic State during a US visit next week but wants to defer payment for the purchases.

Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is grappling with an insurgency by militants from Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot that emerged from the chaos in Iraq and neighboring Syria and seized much of northern and central Iraq last year.

He is also facing a cash crunch thanks to a plunge in oil prices that is ravaging Iraq’s state finances. The government is projecting a budget deficit of roughly $21 billion this year.

Visiting Washington for the first time as prime minister, Abadi hopes to convince a war-weary United States Iraq deserves more US manpower and arms three years after US troops withdrew from the country in December 2011, as his fledgling army confronts Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.

“ISIS is everybody’s problem now,” said the senior Iraqi official who spoke on condition of anonymity. “You can’t run away from the problem if it comes to Canada or goes to France,” he said in reference to attacks by people influenced by Islamic State or al Qaeda in those countries.

The senior Iraqi official hinted Baghdad could turn to Tehran if it did not get the aid it wants from Washington….

  • Good let em go.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    They already received billions in arms for free.
    They dropped them and ran away.
    You can’t buy courage, or import it for free.
    Enjoy being a vassal state of Iran and may your country be ripped apart ASAP.
    In other words: “DIE FASTER IRAQ”.

    • Frau Katze

      Let them go Iran. They need to partition the country into three pieces. I guess they’d fight over who go the oil?

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        It would do my heart good to see all the Iraqi factions rip each other apart.

        The Shias are only slightly better than ISIS, but they are both deserving of a lot of calamity.

        Besides, if the Shias “win” they will only be ruled by someone like Muqtada al Sadr, so screw ’em!

        • Frau Katze

          He’s an evil man. He murdered another cleric, a liberal one, right after the US invaded in 2003. Wanted to make sure there wasn’t any competition. A guy who had been in exile in the UK and had forgotten what snake pit the Middle East is.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            He really is, and until he and his kind are swinging from ropes, I’ll know the Iraqi government isn’t really that serious.

  • Billy Bob Thornton

    If Iraq is to be broken into three parts then it is inevitable that the south and probably central parts will go to Iran. The north will result most likely in a war with the Kurds, and the Turks in the end will be the beneficiaries.

    The US should have thought long and hard before going into Iraq as it made Iran much stronger and a regional power and now a central part of the BRICS union of countries.

    I think that the region is becoming more pro-Iranian because the US got involved in these wars. If they did not enter these wars, I feel that the Middle East would have actually been more peaceful and there would be no massive problems in the Middle East.

    • They should have taken out Iran, and Saudi as well;)

    • Frau Katze

      Only thr Shia are pro-Iran. Apparently a lot of Sunnis from the old Iraq army ( under Saddam) are running ISIS.

      The sectarian split is very real. ISIS constantly says that the Shia are not true Muslims. I’ve read any number if tweets by them and their supporters.

      • Billy Bob Thornton

        But I am framing it based on how it will look in the future. Iran should help in the north and help establish the Iraqi state because they need a national-unity government where all the players can be at the table.

        Iran should stay out of Iraq re-creating its nation. The people have to determine what type of nation they want, not other countries. Also, I do think the model for the Middle East should be secular and nationalist governments over the rest which are dictatorships and theocracies.

        • Billy Bob Thornton

          And yes Saudi Arabia is very much part of the problem, yet no one mentions them!

        • Norman_In_New_York

          Iraq was cobbled together after the Great War by the victorious imperial powers. It consists of three disparate peoples. The Kurds even speak their own language. I favor self-determination. Let the Iranian regime overextend its limited resources trying to nation build there.

  • Veracious_one

    go ahead drain Iran’s coffers

  • Gary

    Obama will give them the money and blame Bush. Liberalism is a mental disorder because you just need to look at history and see how it get skewed by liberals.
    Lincoln was a Christian Republican while the Supreme Court and many lawyer that were Dem.’s had fought to expand slavery to all 13 States to be fair . FDR was a democrat and got the USA into WW2 while Truman was a Dem and dropped the bombs on japan.
    John Kennedy and Johnson got the USA in to Viet and were Dem.’s, Martin Luther King was a Christian Republican that lead the Civil Rights march and the Dem’s opposed it. George Wallace was a Dem that refused Blacks in schools with white students and opposed desegregation .
    Hillary and Bill Clinton brought in the Act to defend Traditional Marriage and they defended the 1st Amendment to allow people of Faith to take a stance and not be forced to violate their values when imposed on them in the guise of someone else having a Civil right they want to exercise impose it on a religion.
    Then, in 2009 it was Obama and Hillary that both went public to defend Traditional Marriage and yet last year the CEO of Mozilla was fired for the same view that got the Homofascists upset .

    Ok, now lets look at how the Democrats act like they opposed slavery, opposed the interment Camps in ww2 for the japanese in American, opposed the Segregation in the South , marched with MLK to Selma , opposed Nixon’s Vietnam war , support same-gender marriage , oppose bigotry by Christians towards noon-christians and gays .
    And that latest one is the War on women as Obama him self under pays the women in the White House compared to the men doing the same job.

    How can they try to pretend in hindsight that they supported all the good causes and blame the Republicans for the racism and oppression when a simple fact-Check in the History books prove they are liars.
    Even Obama compares him self to Lincoln as if nobody has the brains to know they Abe was a republican Christian and NOT a Muslim democrat since Obama now tell American that Muslims built the USA in 1776 .

    It’s got to be a Mental Disorder and border on being a sociopathic liar thinking that no one has noticed the LIES.

    • Frau Katze

      Talks are going well so far I read…you’re likely right.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I read that while Lincoln was highly knowledgeable about the Bible and believed in its precepts, he had no religious preference.

  • simus1

    Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi is indicating the previous thieves in office left the cupboard bare so he has no money. Give him the stuff on his American equipment shopping list so he can sell most of the good stuff at a deep discount to iran and put the cash in hand to good use in his relatives’ Swiss and Chinese bank accounts.

  • tom_billesley

    Got no dog in this fight.