On June 16, 2014, the U.S. administration made the decision to deploy U.S. soldiers back to Iraq to assist in the security of the US Embassy. Later, the Pentagon announced it would be sending Army Special Forces soldiers to assist the Iraqi government in fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
After arriving in Iraq, the Special Forces teams set out to complete an Iraq security assessment. The security assessment assists in identifying potential security problems and weaknesses with the Iraq military.
Fox news reported, that the security assessment was completed and inside the report listed several deficiencies in the Iraq military.
The security report stated that the Iraqi military may not be able to defend Baghdad if the ISIL attacked in a larger force.
The Iraqi army would be unable to reverse the land seized by the ISIL on their own with out the assistance of outside international military forces.
The Sunni insurgents and Iran Shia Militias have infiltrated half of the Iraqi Armed Forces according to the Fox news article. This would limit the advisory role for the U.S. forces.
The Fox news article went on to say, that the Iraqi military units are extremely loyal to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. The Iraqi military are largely dependent on the Shia Militias and Iran’s paramilitary Quds force.
Fox news only provided a few details of the security assessment and we hope more detailed information will be published soon.
One of the goals of the ISIL is to topple the Shia led Baghdad government. The only way to do that is to attack Baghdad. The ISIL in the last few days have been conducting attacks in the outskirts of Baghdad with rockets and car bombs.
The Iraqi parliament is expected to meet on Tuesday, June 15, to agree on the post of House Speaker and President.