Iraq Will Co-Operate to Counter ISIS

A statement from the Iraqi military’s joint operations command on Saturday indicated the cooperation had come “with increased Russian concern about the presence of thousands of terrorists from Russia undertaking criminal acts with Daesh (Islamic State).”

In recent weeks, Russia has increased its military involvement in Syria where it leases a Material-Technical Support Point in the port of Tartus, 96 kilometers to the west of the city of Homs. It is the only naval base Russia has in the Mediterranean.

The Baghdad coordination center is to be led on a rotating basis by officers of the four countries starting with Iraq, according to military diplomatic sources in Moscow cited by Russia’s Interfax news agency. The same source suggested a committee might be created in Baghdad to plan military operations and control armed forces fighting against IS.

Moscow could also join the US-led coalition against IS if the Syrian government was included as well, according to Russia’s foreign ministry. Any international military operation in Syria would need a United Nations mandate.

Iraq’s army has received more than $20 billion (17.8 billion euros) in aid and training from the US, but has been unable to stem the advance of IS across its territory.

  • Icebow

    Putin could wipe out Daesh. No scruples about collateral damage, Embarrassing for Obama Sin Laden.

    • mobuyus

      The only thing to ever embarrass obama sin laden was the USA.

      • Icebow

        You do realize that’s copyright?!

        • mobuyus

          I know now.

          • Icebow

            Tee hee.

  • simus1

    Russia’s long term intention in syria and the middle east could be to make it so hot for those who host and support chechen muslim terrorists there and anywhere else in the world they will think they are radioactive. The flip side could also be a warning to Erdogan that Soviet/Russian sponsorship of PKK Kurds is ongoing and he had better watch his step.

    • David

      What a world hussein hath wrought.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Putin’s injection of Russia into the Sunni-Shiite feud is not a good idea unless his objectives are extremely limited. (Say, corralling Chechen and Tatar fighters who might return to Russia with jihad on their mind.) Otherwise, Putin may have to learn the Powell Principle of Military Intervention the hard way. (If you break it, you own it.)

  • Oracle9

    Wise of Iraq not to include the US in the intelligence.

  • Barrington Minge

    Oh that’s nice of them….

  • Can anyone trust Iraq whose military strategies include dropping foreign-given arms and running away?

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      Miss the US was training the Iraqi soldiers for a decade , what type of training they got , maybe to smoked weed an get drunk .

      • I think the obvious answer is cowardice.

        • Maurixio Garciasanchez

          Miss my point of view is that the US needs new leadership the generals , commanders , are incapable of performing the the best , look what happened not long time , the commanders that were taking care of the US nuke warheads, we’re drunks and sleeping at the most important or responsibilitie job .

          • Perhaps so but if Iraqis are unwilling or able to fight, then what?

  • El Martyachi

    If it weren’t for all the death and suffering, these statements from the “Iraqi military’s joint operations command” would be pretty funny.

  • Allan

    “Iraq’s joint military command”. LOL, stop please! My sides are killing me….

    • Minicapt

      It’s the type of joint command where they rotate the weekly weed supply responsibility.