The Americans rejected all of their allies’ suggestions and reassurances and insisted on their stance against providing the Syrian opposition with advanced weapons to speed up the battle and topple the regime in order to end the Syrian war and its repercussions on the region. The Americans’ excuse is that they fear these weapons would fall in the wrong hands and turn into a problem for everyone. They must be embarrassed now as they review their intelligence reports which detail the quantities and qualities of advanced weapons - of armors, rocket launchers and even thermal rockets and jets - that fell in the wrong hands in Iraq’s Mosul, Baiji and other cities.
This is the disaster which occurred last Tuesday when Iraq and the region woke up to the news of the fall of Mosul - Iraq’s second largest city - to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. This is however a natural result of ignoring the Syrian situation for the past few years. Worse will actually happen as Iraq - the way we know it - has totally changed and the same will apply to the region. Perhaps the fall of Mosul will mark the end of the Sykes-Pikot era.
Maliki’s support of Bashar al-Assad brought about his moral downfallJamal Kashoggi