TEN Key Questions About Iraq: Critical to Understanding What Happens Next And Why Our Future May Depend On It

London, UK - 26th June 2014, 11:45 GMT

1. How did Iraq get to this point of losing control to ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) with Baghdad dragged ever closer to defeat and occupation?

2. Who are the insurgents really? What is ISIS? Why were they not regarded as dangerous in Syria over the last few years as they are suddenly in Iraq?

3. Why and how has the Syria conflict made ISIS much stronger? Which countries aided, abetted and financed ISIS in Syria?

4. How does ISIS raise money in Syria like a government by selling electricity and by collecting the equivalent of taxes?

5. Why has the Iraqi government made this tension worse by persecuting Sunnis and through other missteps? Why were the Shias not stopped earlier?

6. As the regional Shia power house, if Iran gets involved even deeper, could this conflict get much bigger?

7. Given that Iraq has another major ethno-religious group, the Kurds, how could they matter in this conflict?

8. Could the chaos and the power vacuum left behind after the US-led invasion (2003) and the US exit (2011) been avoided?

9. How vital is a stable Iraq and Levant to US and European interests as well as Russian and Chinese interests?

10. What options do the US and Europe as well as Russia and China really have to stabilise Iraq at this late stage?

Step by Step: ISIS Occupation of Iraq and Syria


What are your thoughts, observations and views? We are keen to listen and to learn.

Best wishes

D K Matai

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