Citing Concerns It Could Be Overrun by Insurgents
The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) captured Fallujah, in Anbar province, early this year. The Times is also reporting that the insurgents are in control of other areas in Anbar, including sections of Ramadi. If the insurgents are feared to overrun Abu Ghraib, they must be moving from Anbar toward western outskirts of Baghdad.
The Iraqi Army announced weeks ago it was ready to recapture Fallujah, but the Times report shows not only the insurgents are in control of the city three months after its captured, but they are also controlling sections of Ramadi and other areas in Anbar. And now they are threatening Abu Ghraib and western outskirts of Baghdad, which is home to Baghdad International Airport.
The worsening security situation in Iraq is especially troubling considering that the country will be holding its all-important parliamentary election on 30 April. Under the Iraqi constitution, the parliament chooses the prime minister. Maliki has served two terms and apparently wants to stay on for a third term.
Photo credit: Abu Ghraib Prison in western Baghdad (Andrea Bruce/The New York Times)