Posted March 30, 2019 11:10:24As the war in Syria continues to rage, many in the Middle East are wondering why it is now the time to go.
While the US and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Iraq, it is the United States, Russia and Iran that are sending arms to Syria and Iran, the two most powerful forces in the country.
With the US pulling out of Syria, and Iran and Russia sending arms, Syria has begun to look like it is on the brink of collapse.
On Wednesday, the Iraqi government declared a national emergency in order to mobilize the country’s armed forces.
According to Iraq’s Joint Operations Command (JOC), the Iraqi army has received more than 7,000 new weapons and equipment, including tanks, artillery and armored personnel carriers, as well as a variety of artillery, artillery guns and heavy weapons.
However, the JOC warned that there will be no immediate solution to the crisis in Iraq.
The JOC added that the government must ensure its security and maintain the countrys borders, so it does not risk provoking another war.
The Iraqi government has announced that it will launch an operation to retake the city of Fallujah, which is held by ISIL and the al-Qaida-affiliated Jaish al-Fatah, as part of a broader offensive in the area.
On Tuesday, the government also announced that all civilians living in the town of Tal Afar, which borders the Syrian-Iraqi border, will be evacuated, while the Iraqi parliament approved a draft law that would allow for the evacuation of all displaced persons.
The announcement came as Iraqi officials warned that a large number of civilians living under ISIL rule could be expelled from the city, if the government does not intervene.
The United States and other nations have also begun sending aid to Iraqi security forces.
On Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad announced that more than $5 million would be delivered to Iraqi forces.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that he had discussed the situation with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, but was unable to agree on any way forward.
In a televised address, Abadi urged the international community to help Iraqi forces to secure the border with Syria, but said the United Nations is still unable to provide adequate assistance.
Al-Ababi added that Iraq would continue to work with the U.-S.
coalition to help Iraq, as the country faces a crisis that is far from over.
“We must keep the pressure on ISIL and its terrorists,” Abadi said.
“The international community must take concrete steps to help our people to secure their borders and to help the government and its forces to regain control over their country.”
Al-Wefaq News Agency