WASHINGTON — The Iraqi parliament has delayed its next session for the next five weeks due to the vicious civil war raging in their increasingly-divided country. The country remains paralyzed and frozen as Sunni Islamist terrorists take large swarths of Iraqi territory from the Shi’a-majority government.
Reuters reported that the parliament will not meet until August 12th due to a failure to reach “understanding and agreement” on nominating the top three posts of the Iraqi government. It is seen as “a slap in the face to efforts” of the Shi’a clergy in Iraq, the U.S., the United Nations and even Iran, who wanted a swift resolution to form a government to face the Sunni rebellion.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Major General Negm Abdullah Ali, who commanded the army’s sixth division responsible for defending part of Baghdad, was killed ten miles northwest of the capital city of Baghdad.
The U.S. State Department spokeswoman mostly known for her Twitter hashtags and statements, Jen Psaki, said, “We’re looking at a dire situation on the ground, which is why it’s so important that things move forward urgently on the ground.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry promised American support, like American air support, to embattled Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki (who is a Shi’a Muslim) if he would step down, which does not look likely right now.
While there is political bickering, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (known by the acronym ISIS) has taken significant portions of the country and even took the major city of Mosul in the north. Kirkuk, an oil-rich hub, has been defended by the Kurdish militia known as the Peshmerga. The Kurds are now expanding their semi-autonomous and oil-producing region of Kurdistan in light of the military upheaval in Iraq.