The resurgence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, can be blamed on the lack of US-Iraqi cooperation, Heritage’s James Phillips reports.
“The abrupt U.S. military exit greatly weakened Iraqi counterterrorism, intelligence gathering, and special-operations capabilities, allowing Al-Qaeda to revive in a more permissive environment,” he argues.
To combat terrorism, Phillips recommends that the Obama administration:
- Provide arms and assistance to help Iraq defeat ISIS; and
- Press Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to reconcile with Iraq’s Sunni Arab and Kurdish leaders; and
- Normalize relations with Iraq’s Kurdish political parties.
What do you think the Obama administration should do to combat terrorism in Iraq?