August 21, 2014

Iraq: Left Foot Forward's James Bloodworth Goes to War Again

By Marc Lynch

Source: Huffington Post

Journalist(s) Ian Sinclair

We are, it would seem, being misled about Iraq once again.

On 12 August 2014 the Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, said the UK was only providing humanitarian support and would not join the US in launching military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq. Within six days the Government's position had changed, with the Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, stating on 18 August 2014 that the UK's involvement in Iraq was expanding beyond the initial humanitarian mission.

So far the UK has helped transport weapons to the Kurdish armed forces, and has said it is open to arming the Kurds directly. However, as of today the Government has not ordered British forces into battle (there are, apparently, UK special forces in Iraq but politicians refuse to give any information about this and journalists seem happy to not pry further).

With events changing rapidly - both in Iraq and Western capitals - and the UK seemingly sliding into war once again in Iraq, now is the time for the anti-war movement, and anyone interested in keeping the US and UK out of Iraq, to apply pressure and make their arguments as forcefully as possible.

Read the full article at Huffington Post UK

  • Marc Lynch