Our Ally! Iraqi soldiers ditching fight against Islamic State, fleeing to Europe for refuge

Iraqi soldiers are abandoning their posts and joining a wave of civilian refugees headed to Europe, raising new doubts about the cohesion of the country’s Western-backed security forces in the fight against Islamic State militants.

Interviews with refugees and an analysis of social media activity show scores of fighters from the national army, police and special forces as well as Shi’ite militias and Kurdish peshmerga have left in recent months or plan to go soon. They join more than 50,000 civilians who have left Iraq in the past three months, according to the United Nations, part of an even larger exodus from neighbouring Syria and other conflict zones across the Middle East.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Had they not panicked and dropped all their own equipment they could have driven to Europe in an air conditioned Humvee.

    • Islam dulls the brain.

    • Bataviawillem

      Don’t give them any ideas.

  • African

    There is no sense of nationalism in islam. Only their sectarian religious identity and their tribal identity is what matters to muslims but Western authorities are constantly failing to understand this huge fact.

    • tom_billesley

      Within arab societies there’s a lot of racism.

  • Martin B

    Shi’ite militias? Oh goody. By Christmas Berlin will be just like Baghdad, complete with sectarian civil war.

    Islam is a metastasizing cancer.

  • Tom Forsythe

    We already have enough people afraid to stand up to ISIS, we don’t need to import any.

  • mauser 98
  • Hard Little Machine

    Good. We need to have more people like this in Europe. We need a hundred million more people like this in Europe.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      What are you really HLM, a recruiter for Stormfront?

      • Hard Little Machine

        I want Europe to live the dream they demand of Israel every single day. Live the Dream, Europe, tear down your countries.

  • Dana Garcia

    Who says Muslims don’t have a sense of humor? Look at the t-shirt — “Fear the Beard” with Islam-o-style whiskers. Doubtless he will wear it for his first European beheading.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Where are Iran’s “elite” forces? Aren’t they supposed to save Iraq?

    • Minicapt

      Why should they miss out on a good thing?


  • bob e

    just incredibly happy that idiot george bush ordered the cream of american
    forces into the hell hole of iraq after sayin’ “islam is peace” like some stupid church goer. now iraq beats feet to a safer place while americans by the score commit suicide & are horribly mutilated by iranian ied’s & are left to deal with it
    by a phony black pimp president who likes it in the ass ..

    with these people in charge .. we have nothing more to loose .. let’s get hillary in there .. eh