WASHINGTON — Facing a country split apart by internal religious competition and violence, the newly-elected Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he will soon form a new government with a “clear vision” to help steer the country out of crisis.
Reuters reported that the prime minister-elect is projecting optimism as the Iraqi countryside is run by the Islamist terrorist group Islamic State (known by other nicknames such as ISIS, IS or ISIL).
The terrorist group had overrun a majority of the Iraqi countryside and several major cities like Mosul and Tikrit, but were stopped by the Kurdish militia known as the Peshmerga in the northern Kurdistan region. The Islamic State is infamous for imposing Islamic sharia law in the areas they control and capture, as well as executions of captured civilians and military personnel, recently beheading American journalist James Foley via video.
Iraq is split between the Shi’a and Sunni Muslim sects, with the former prime minister Nouri al-Maliki favoring his own Shi’a Muslims over the Sunnis. Abadi’s responsibility will be to pick up the pieces of Iraq, fight back to regain territory from the Islamic State and rebuild trust between the Sunni and Shi’a Muslims in Iraq.