Iraq: Political supremos ignore Iraq crisis, squabble; ISIS calls for a new state

Baghdad, July 2: It is rather ironic how Iraq's top political layer squabble among each other over the formation of the new government even when the country is being torn apart between the Sunni insurgents and the Kurds.

No matter what the country goes through, there seems to be no end to the constant bickering between the leaders of the two communities.

The meetings at the Parliament over the formation of the new government always end up in a walk out or staging protests, resulting in no progress.

Even the position of the acting speaker of the parliament Mahdi Hafidh is under stress.

Interestingly, the leaders are clearly indifferent to the need of the nation, which requires a government immediately to confront the biggest threat of Al-Qaeda-inspired insurgents have conquered much of the north and west of the country, Kurds have asserted control over the northern city of Kirkuk.

Moreover, the insurgants have stepped on gas since the beginning of the Holy month of Ramadan on Sunday.

Caretaker prime minister Nouri al-Maliki is struggling to stay afloat for the third term, but is being pressurised to resign.

Iraq has to elect two other leaders for the top position of the Speaker and the President.

Meanwhile, the United Nations announced that 2,417 Iraqis were killed in violence in June; the toll does not include deaths in the war-torn province of Anbar.

It was one of the highest monthly tolls since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Of those killed, 1,531 were civilians, a figure that is considered "staggering."

"It is imperative that national leaders work together to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society," said a UN official. [Read]

In the mean time, as the insurgents move ahead toward Baghdad, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi invoked the muslims of Syria and Iraq to join him in the struggle for a separate Islamic state or caliphate in the land it controls.

In clear words, he said,""terrify the enemies of Allah and seek death in the places where you expect to find it. So to arms, to arms, soldiers of the Islamic state. Fight, fight," said Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, now renamed Islamic State."

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