The U.S. trained and equipped Iraqi army is much bigger and better armed than the ISIS insurgents, but in combat they have been running away in droves. So the chief Shi’ite cleric has called for volunteers and a reconstituting of the militias to fight back against the Sunni insurgents. And that seems to be working. The ISIS forces have been stopped for now on their march to Baghdad and some of the territory they won is being recaptured.
In the meantime, Iran is offering to help their Shi’ite brethren. And President Obama has said that we won’t send in troops, but leaves the door open for air strikes. [Read more…]