Iraq War

“Waiting to Die” in Iraq: A Costly History Lesson

By on 6.11.14 | 4:31PM

"We are waiting to die," Mahmoud al Taie, an Iraqi dentist, told the Wall Street Journal as he prepared to flee Mosul. If he does, a country that desperately needs every upright citizen it has will have lost yet another health professional.

Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq, which at least 125 American soldiers died liberating from Saddam Hussein's forces, fell on Wednesday. Half a million Iraqis are fleeing to the Kurds, who have set up their own government and army.

Mosul is now in the well-armed hands of a militant group known as ISIS or ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The radical group's expansion from Syria into Iraq now poses even more of a threat, especially because it will have access to supplies and manpower from Mosul, according to Reuters.