How The United States Has Laid The Ground Work for The Middle East’s Next War

In September of 2017, the Kurdish people will hold a referendum vote to separate from Iraq and form their own country. However, the leaders of Iraq and Turkey both say they will refuse to recognize a Kurdish nation state, never-mind seceded territory to them. By continuing to arm, fund and support the Kurds, why is the US continuing to turn its back on a strategic NATO ally and coalition partner, and what does this mean for the future of the Middle East?

US Led Coalition Forces Are Using White Phosphorous in Iraq and Syria

US led coalition forces are using White Phosphorus munition against the Islamic State in both Mosul, Iraq and Raqqa, Syria. The use of these weapons is strictly forbidden in certain circumstances under international law, most notably as an “offensive weapon.” The US maintains they are using it as a “smokescreen” to shield fleeing escaping civilians from IS snipers. Despite this however, there are already reports circulating of civilian causalities, something which is not uncommon whenever these weapons are used.

Turkey Bombs US Backed Forces

The phrase “One mans freedom fighter is another mans terrorist” could not be more applicable. Despite the US arming and funding Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria, Turkish forces continue to bomb them. Whats behind this conflict of interest and what does it mean for NATO?

Why Mosul?

I honestly do not know why the American media is afraid to report on this and release the information for what it really is, but more people deserve to know. The Islamic State has not made their home in Mosul by accident and they are not fighting so hard in it for no reason. So, with that said, why are we currently fighting this battle and why will its conclusion be much more important than its beginnings?