[The picture is courtesy of MEMO, and shows equipment left by the Iraqi army in Mosul.]
EDITOR’S NOTE: What we are constantly hearing in the U.S. and British media is that the fighting now occurring inside Iraq is being promulgated by essentially a foreign ( or exogenous) ex-al Qaeda-based force sweeping across Iraq. According to the article below (reported in the Middle East Monitor) this is incorrect. The interpretation we are left with from the corporate media is that the Iraqi army is fleeing from this army that is so bad it is even rejected by al Qaeda. It would also possibly make sense that they were fleeing from their own people who are rising up against the government.
Also of note is that the Iraqi scholars (as well as other media from the region) are referring to this force as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This is different in possibly important ways from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
I do not wish to state that the article below is “truth.” Rather, I think it is a perspective that is not being heard.
Iraqi Sunni scholars: Iraqi rebels, not ISIS, who face the Iraqi army
The Association of Muslim Scholars in Iraq (AMSI) said on Friday that describing the rebels who drove the Iraqi army from several cities as operatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is incorrect. They decried the designations as an attempt to abort the uprising in the country.
In the statement reported by the Jordanian Assabeel newspaper, AMSI said that the ISIS label is a clear distortion which does not change the reality that Iraqi rebels are the main component of this uprising.
Meanwhile, the AMSI also denounced the call by an ISIS spokesman for fighters to head towards Karbala and Al-Najaf. They described they call as “irresponsible and objectionable.”
About the routing of the Iraqi army, the statement said: “This is an achievement that will infuriate many parties inside and outside Iraq, including those with external agendas that harmed the country for years.”
Despite claims that it was the ISIS which took over the cities and towns, several Iraqi sources have pointed out that tribal rebels as well as other Iraqi fighters constitute the main force currently fighting the Iraqi army, in addition to some affiliated to ISIS.