Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Somalia twin bombings kill 18 in Mogadishu

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Arming the "good guys"?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Gun Control in the United States: Will the Florida shooting be the turning point?

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Giving a voice to the homeless in France

Read more

REPORTERS

'Never Again': The students pushing for US gun control

Read more

#TECH 24

A bright future for solar power

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Winter in France's Burgundy vineyards

Read more

FOCUS

How French cyber police are patrolling the 'Dark Web'

Read more

ENCORE!

Marseille mon amour: Mediterranean city celebrates love

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

An interview with a French or international personality from the world of economics, politics, culture or diplomacy. Every Wednesday at 4.45 pm Paris time and Saturday at 7.45 am.

Latest update : 2015-05-25

'IS group is not most important threat to Iraq'

Former US ambassador to Iraq and Syria Ryan Crocker talked to FRANCE 24’s Marc Perelman about the situation in Iraq and the rise of the militant Islamic State group.

"The fundamental issues in Iraq are not the threat of Daesh (the Islamic State group). The most important threat to Iraq is the absence of political reconciliation", the former US ambassador told FRANCE 24.

"There is clearly a drift towards division in Iraq. People speak of a Jihadistan in the areas where Daesh is present, they talk about Kurdistan and they talk about a Shiistan. Those are not yet facts but they could become facts if this course of events is not shifted. So now is the time", Crocker said. The former US diplomat added that he would like to see President Obama and Secretary Kerry "much more involved in Iraq".

Crocker concedes that the US "didn’t do very well in Iraq on either account: we weren’t careful getting in, we weren’t careful getting out. And what we look at today is the result, I think, of an ill-considered precipitated departure, again not militarily so much as politically. Now there is an opportunity for us to re-engage, and I hope very much we do that".

By Marc PERELMAN

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2018-02-21 Africa

Opposition activist Evan Mawarire: Zimbabweans hope they can 'reset our future'

Evan Mawarire is a pastor who became a leading human rights and democracy advocate in Zimbabwe after posting videos calling on his fellow citizens to challenge the rule of Robert...

Read more

2018-02-17 Americas

Photographer Pete Souza shares his ‘portrait’ of Obama

Pete Souza was the chief official White House photographer for former president Barack Obama. He shadowed Obama for the whole eight years of his presidency and has now published...

Read more

2018-02-13 Middle East

Syria's White Helmets: 'We had 400 casualties last week'

Since their creation in 2011, the Syrian voluntary rescue workers known as the White Helmets have been credited with saving thousands of lives. And as they pull people from the...

Read more

2018-02-14 Americas

Russian interference in US elections is 'a serious threat to our democracy'

Alberto Gonzales served as US Attorney General under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, becoming the first ever Hispanic to hold the position. He gives us his take on...

Read more

2018-02-10 Africa

The devastating impact of climate change on Niger and Mali

The Azawak valley, a Florida-sized area spread over Mali and Niger, used to have the best pastoral lands in West Africa. But with climate change, people are either dying of...

Read more