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Rutgers Middle Eastern Studies Professor: Iraq Heading Into Civil War

6-20-14

The conflict in Iraq is not showing signs of ending soon and there is concern that it is in the process of becoming a regional conflict. Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies Professor Hooshang Amirahmadi told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the conflict in Iraq hasn’t become a regional conflict yet, but that the country is getting close to civil war.

President Obama recently announced that the U.S. will be sending 300 special forces troops to Iraq. There was also mention that the U.S. and Iran could cooperate in bringing some stability to Iraq. Amirahmadi said that the U.S. and Iran could get closer, but it won’t be a military cooperation.

“I think that the one place that they could cooperate, I think should cooperate, is to get rid of [Iraq Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki,” said Amirahamdi. He said that al-Maliki mismanaged the country following the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Amirahmadi said that he thinks it was a mistake that President Obama withdrew all of the U.S. forces from the country.

He also said that the conflict is getting worse and more complicated in Iraq and that it is getting into a civil war.

With U.S. troops now on the way, Amirahmadi believes that 300 members of the special forces will not be enough.

“I don’t believe that 300 American forces there are going to be sufficient,” said Amirahmadi. “I think the U.S. is going to end up, really sending increasingly more, more, more and more. I suppose if the U.S. is really looking into cleaning up that mess, it really has to do like a shock therapy, go big there, clean up quickly and return home.”