Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Iraq Running out of money for War with ISIS
At the time of its military slowly getting urging forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), other problems must be faced by the government of Iraq.
Currently, the Iraqi government is on the verge of running out of charge to finance the war against ISIS.
Behind the front line in the desert of Iraq, where the Nineveh provincial police forces are practicing to reclaim their land, they lacked one thing, namely weapons.
"We have gathered here since the fall of Mosul. We've been waiting for five months but we do not get guns," said Mayor of Amman, standing in front of the ranks of the men in blue uniforms.
After receiving criticism for their poor ability when ISIS swept western and northern regions of Iraq, the country's military is now starting to get support.
The Iraqi army aided Shiite militias and Sunni tribes, managed to retake the city of Ramadi while making ISIS retreat from the province of Anbar and Salaheddin.
In fact, a plan of attack in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city occupied ISIS has already begun. However, on the ground attack was far from reality.
The last two months, "the enemy" toward the new Iraq that falling oil prices in the world market.
The drop in oil prices is due to the recklessness of Saudi Arabia starting a price war with their rivals in the Middle East, Iran and Russia.
The price war is a real impact on Iraq is the greatest loss of Iraqi government revenue.
As many as 90 percent of Iraq's revenue is from crude oil. As oil prices continued to decline to 40 US dollars per barrel, of course, keenly felt the blow for Iraq.
"Of course, the effect on all aspects of the Iraqi government, and the first to be affected is the ministry of defense," said Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidy, the weekly The Sunday Telegraph.
This information disampaika Obeid after a visit to the front line in the town of Haditha, Anbar province.
There Obeid received by local governments who complained, however pengeriman money and weapons from Baghdad.
The impact of the lack of a budget also affects traveling minister Obeid. Two Humvee combat vehicles in the entourage of the minister ran out of fuel in the middle of the desert.
Meanwhile, Iraq's army chief Lieutenant General Othman al-Ghanini praised the progress made by the army.
"We will speak to the interior ministry and try to give them weapons. Governor indicated that the transfer of funds stalled. However, we believe we can send them the money," added Obeid.