The media began its speculation as to why President Barack Obama appeared to snub Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on a park bench at the G-7 summit. The answer to the question might have much to do with Haider al-Abadi, who is running Iraq as a state of militia gangs presenting seven thousand Sunnis for mass execution on the altar of sacrifice for political gain with Iran. Thirty days was given by al-Abadi to the Central Criminal Court to carry out the mass executions and without the need for approval from the central government or the Prime Minister. (see links here, here, here and here)
The disintegration of the Iraqi army being at least three years away from being fully retrained and reassembled, according to the Pentagon and now that Iran calls the shots on who lives or dies in Iraq, could have much to do with that scene when Obama was cozying up with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi while Obama was totally ignoring al-Abadi.
Al-Abadi walks a tight rope. In spite of the insistence of al-Abadi to create harmony with the leaders of the Shiite militias (Popular Mobilization) led by the Iranian backed Shiite terrorists Hadi al-Amiri, Abu Mahdi Mohandes, and Qais al-Khazali, the facts on the ground suggest a conflict of priorities in the war on ISIS on the one hand, and the government on the other.
If anything, the situation in Iraq proves beyond doubt that Iran calls the shots and Iraq has become a militia gang-state. Al-Abadi is being pressured and seeks to persuade Tehran to pressure her friends to pass reforms that his government is trying to move as part of an internal, regional and international consensus series in order to pass amnesty and forgive seven thousand Sunnis (some of whom are Saudi and Kuwaiti), to face execution a month from now.
The issue has become extremely sensitive since the forgiveness measure is not popular amongst Shiites who insist on the executions, which will be an embarrassment for Obama, since such a mass execution of Sunnis would cause rumblings on who really runs Iraq and that the executions were done by kangaroo courts run by Shiite terror gangs.
ISIS is not the only threat in Iraq. The future of the state—its mere viability—is being challenged by these powerful Shiite terror militias sanctioned by the U.S.-backed government. Some have engaged in war crimes, of which many of videos can be seen here.
The militias may be the short-term hope for beating back ISIS, since the Iraqi army disintegrated last summer and is at least three years away from being fully retrained and reassembled, according to the Pentagon.
The long-term, major militias are also engaging in behavior not all that different from ISIS; rather than recreate modern Iraq, their behavior has deepened Iraq’s sectarian and ethnic divisions and complicated the country’s ability ever come back together again with no clear plan by Obama to push ISIS out of the oil-rich country. The abuses are so widespread where thousands of people are detained and charged awaiting executions, while others simply disappeared across central and northern Iraq in recent months. Scores of bodies have been found handcuffed and shot in the back of the head in other parts of the country, Amnesty International reported in October last year.
“The existence of these sectarian, unregulated and unaccountable militias is both a cause and a result of the country’s growing insecurity and instability,” it said.
The government is implicated because militias are operating with varying degrees of cooperation from Iraqi security forces militias, whether tacit consent or joint operations, it noted. The government has also either armed or allowed the militias to have arms, Amnesty reported. The problem is that the Iranian-controlled militias now have the upper hand in Iraq, especially now that Shiite militias outnumber the Iraqi military, The Washington Post reported. They have between 100,000 and 120,000 fighters, more than double the number of Iraqi fighting forces, now estimated at around 48,000.