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To avoid creating another Daesh

Oct 22,2016 - Last updated at Oct 22,2016

The battle for Mosul will take about four months, according to American military strategists.

For many Jordanians, a matter of great concern is what happens to the nearly 1,500 jihadists from Maan, Salt, Zarqa and Schneller Refugee Camp, who have been fighting there for the last few years?

After Daesh is defeated, should they be left to rot in Abu Ghraib prison or arrange to have them brought back to undergo rehabilitation courses that will hopefully counter the venomous ideology that made them victims of Daesh and Jabhat Al Nusra?

Another aspect that worries many Jordanians, and others, is the behaviour of the new ruling group in Mosul following the defeat of Daesh.

Will the Iraqi forces allow the Shiite militias to commit the same atrocities against Sunnis they had earlier in Fallujah, Tikrit and Anbar, where Sunni mosques were torched and teenagers were abducted, only to be found weeks later tortured and buried in anonymous cemeteries.

Many decision makers in the ruling Shiite coalition in Iraq are Hizb Dawa members who believe in turning Iraq into a non-Sunni state, just as their colleagues turned Iran into a Shiite state nearly a century ago.

Former Iraqi prime minister Nouri Al Maliki, a Dawa Party member, was instrumental in persecuting Sunnis, marginalising people from Mosul and Anbar for being Sunnis, and denying all development projects in their villages and cities.

Many secular Iraqis rallied behind Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi to express their indignation against Baghdad rulers.

Thousands of former army officers were subjected to a policy of discrimination and persecution.

They were denied jobs, had no means of livelihood and their properties were confiscated in order to force them to leave the country as part of the sectarian cleansing process that Islamic Dawa Party had preached in its Najaf curriculum.

What is needed for Iraq after the fall of Mosul is a new mentality of rulers, one that views Mosul as a victim, and not as a cradle of terrorism.

Rulers who do not seek revenge for the bloodshed of the last two years, but an attempt to accommodate and win over a city that was equally victimised by Daesh.

To release the hordes of Shiite militias against the civilian population of Mosul will lead to creating another Daesh, only more brutal and more cunning.

Since the 1990s, Al Qaeda was cloned into the Emirate of Abu Mussab Al Zarqawi in Fallujah, more brutal and more bloodthirsty then Osama Ben Laden.

Zarqawi was cloned into Baghdadi of Daesh.


A second Daesh might be more barbaric if Mosul is neglected.

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