While the Barack Obama administration concentrates on the Syrian civil war and Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Iraq has spilled out in an almost “all out war”. Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for raids on two Iraqi prisons this week. The infamous Abu Ghraib and the Taji jails were attacked by Al-Queda forces, and over 500 prisoners were freed. Abu Ghraib became infamous in 2004, when photographs appeared showing U.S. Military personnel humiliating Iraqi detainees. The prison has its history of atrocities; before the U.S. takeover, Abu Graib was a torture house used by Saddam Hussein against his enemies. The breakout is believed to have been assisted by some of the member guards.
BBC News reports that:
“The attack against Taji jail alone was carried out by nine suicide bombers and three car bombs driven by suicide bombers,” he told reporters. “The attackers also lobbed more than 100 mortar shells,”
The violence in Iraq has become a grave issue. Aljazeera News reports that 650 people have been killed in Iraq, in July alone; further reporting that automatic weapons and a roadside bomb were used yesterday by Al-Qaeda to kill nine policemen and wound two. In another incident, in the Anbar province, Al-Qaeda drove through army checkpoints with mounted machine guns to release an Al-Qaeda prisoner.
One of Barack Obama’s first actions as president was to sign an executive order to close down Guantanamo Bay by January of 2010. NewsAmerica reports that
“As of July 1, there were about 230 prisoners left at Guantanamo, although over the past eight years a total of nearly 800 men have been held in the camp, mostly without charge or trial. Of the total, 544 have been released, repatriated or otherwise transferred to one of about 40 countries, including at least 194 to Afghanistan and 120 to Saudi Arabia. “
As President Obama releases prisoners from Guantanamo, he then is forced to try to kill those who reenter terrorist cells, and some have returned to top leadership positions. One in particular, Said al-Shehri, became second in command in Al-Qaeda and was killed recently by a drone attack. He had been detained in Guantanamo a year after the attack on America on September 11, 2001, but was released. Drone attacks by the Obama administration have killed innocent lives, along with the terrorists that have been targeted. Reports show that drone casualties are reaching the same number of American soldiers lost in both the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars.
Al-Qaeda is not only increasing in manpower, but they have also been receiving military assistance through Syrian rebels. The Obama administration has been providing Syrian rebels with training and weapons. This is happening as the Russians do the same for the opposing power: the President of Syria, Balshar al-Assad and his existing regime. The conflict has resulted in a “cold war” movement that is killing hundreds in Syria every day . USA reported that
“The White House has said it intends to funnel arms to the Free Syrian Army, a collection of Syrian Army defectors and former officers who have been battling Assad’s forces for more than two years. The aid will be overseen by the Supreme Military Council of the Syrian Revolution, a coalition of FSA commanders”
The Obama administration has pledged support to the Syrian rebel forces, that include Jabhat Al-Nusra, a group that is linked to Al-Qaeda and listed as a highly trained terrorist group by the the free world. The system that the Obama administration has developed is “release”, “arm”, then “drone attack.” This method does not seem very effective, but rather expensive, time consuming and violent.