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Published on June 20th, 2014 | by voxx

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Trouble in the Middle East

So it’s the 2014 World Cup and this provides the perfect distraction for people everywhere to temporarily forget about the problems of the world and focus on supporting their favourite football team. However, many people that are living in the Middle East aren’t as lucky to have this distraction. An incredible amount of people are now living in fear of being killed on a daily basis now that order has completely gone to pieces in the Middle East.

Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, was liberated by ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). ISIS, being one of many Islamic militant groups that are terrorizing the Middle East,is a group of Sunni Muslims that are so extreme even Al-Qaeda abandoned them. ISIS took over a large number of the City’s main buildings, including places like the Government offices, military bases and Police stations. This allowed the ISIS militants to arm themselves with more weapons which the Iraqi Army had left behind. Even the airport was taken with ease by the ISIS forces due to the poorly trained Iraqi Army soldiers. ISIS militants were reported driving around gunning down any fleeing soldiers from the Iraqi Army. During this assault, ISIS released a worrying amount of prisoners from military camps and prisons that consisted of Al-Qaeda fighters and fellow ISIS militants.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, who is head of the Shiite-led government, immediately declared a state of emergency for Iraq during a televised press conference. It’s estimated by the UN that there are roughly 500,000 civilians that have now fled the fighting in Mosul and surrounding areas. This is a large amount of the population when you take into consideration that the city of Mosul holds 1.8 million people. This dramatic course of events has severely wounded the Iraqi government’s attempts to contain these Sunni extremist and has seriously decreased any chance of the Middle East being at peace. The Iraqi army is admittedly doing all that it can to retake lost areas, but the ISIS militants are proving to be too much for them to handle. Fallujah, which is another major city in Iraq, was occupied by ISIS militants earlier in the year and the Iraqi army have tried and tried again to re-take the area but have had no success whatsoever.

Does anyone really know what will become of the Middle East in the years to come? Europe can’t come to the rescue all the time and no other part of the world seems too bothered.

 

This article was written by Corey Hodgson, who is currently on work experience with Voxx Magazine.


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