A new report from McClatchyDC suggests that the United States government was informed about impending attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the insurgent group which has made gains in northern Iraq as well as across the border in Syria.
Brett McGurk, the U.S. State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran, claims that the American government had warned the Iraqi government of intelligence that gave “early indications that ISIL was moving in force from Syria into Iraq and staging forces in western Mosul.”
McGurk claims that the U.S. suggested deploying members of the Kurdish militia to the region in order to stop the attacks. The Iraqi government, under the authority of Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, did not comply.
“The government of Baghdad did not share the same sense of urgency and did not approve the deployments. Iraqi military commanders promised to send nine brigades of force to Mosul in response to our warnings and we stressed, however, that the forces would not arrive in time.”
The Sunni insurgents were able to quickly take Mosul, and they have since been operating under their self-imposed authority. According to the BBC, the insurgents recently applied a fatwa demanding all women in Mosul between the ages of 11 and 46 undergo female genital mutilation.
Thus far, the Obama Administration has maintained that the U.S. will act primarily in an advisory role as the conflict in Iraq grows.