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Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad: 'The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul'

June 13th, 2014
11:35 AM ET

By Henry Hullah

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, the U.N. and Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad has been a key voice in the relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East over the years. Amanpour asked what he thinks of the situation in Iraq right now as ISIS insurgents have gone from taking Mosul, Iraq's second city, to moving in around Baghdad.

“The speed with which things have moved have reminded me of Afghanistan in the nineties when the Taliban were on the scene and moved extremely rapidly to take over one city after another.”

The U.S. has spent a decade training the people of Iraq to fight this sort of insurgency, will they step back into the fray?

“The reality of Iraq has changed after Mosul”.

"The U.S. forces have to take into account not only the Iraqi forces; can they be helped? Can they be effective? But also the Kurdish forces, how to relate to them because they are perhaps in a better position”.

Former Prime Minister of Iraq Ayad Allawi told the program that the U.S. would make things worse if they entered the conflict. He said he would be going to Baghdad to attempt to create unity, could he achieve it?

Khalilzad stated, “He is a key figure but there are others who are important now too”.

“No single person can do the job, the Iraqis have to come together”.

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  1. sayed

    such a shame for USA. Iraq is not stable because of invision. why this khalizad is not feeling Shame?

    June 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  2. ernie meyer

    good interview

    June 13, 2014 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  3. Erm...

    Stop Obama Terror!

    June 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  4. Dele Adedeji

    ISIS in Iraq/Syria,Boko Haram in my home country Nigeria, Al-shabbab, etc..are all uniform in their evil campaign and can be traced to the same origin of faith. A time is coming when all these terrorist groups will consolidate to form a one global Unified Jihadist. If the US and allies doesn't take a strict measure in limiting the encroachment of the ISIS in Iraqi's cities one after the other now, to a manageable situation that can then gradually be reduced or even eradicated later, then the west should be ready for a global strike from the consolidated Jihadist group that would emerge in no distant future.

    June 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Reply
  5. Sun

    Thank you Christian for that question about Zalmay's selecting Almaliki for a second term and that was the fatal mistake, Iraqis elected a secular blog and an embassador chose! So why on earth everyone is talking all the time about democracy and what is the election for!

    June 14, 2014 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  6. t

    ....Who drummed up a war based on LIES...........NON existent WMD's......
    NO Al Qaeda connection..........NO poison gas.............NO nuclear materials............
    ....Yep,.....the LIAR W. Bush is SOLEY to blame.............

    June 15, 2014 at 11:50 am | Reply
  7. Stealth

    same propaganda technique " AQ is the biggest threat now ISIS is bigger than AQ" they are more dangerous, now oil of iraq need liberation from ISIS. one million Iraqi died in last US occupation, they are not enough, lets decrease their population by another couple of million same song from US war industry puppets. more killing more business.

    June 18, 2014 at 12:54 am | Reply
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