Iraqi army general Saad Maa'n Ibrahim says his troops must attack in order to protect Baghdad from Sunni insurgents.
From what the General had to tell me, the Iraqi army considers itself at war with Isis militants.
Right now, it doesn't look like a war that they are winning - a war that the General said was for the future of the state of Iraq.
With news this morning that three more towns have fallen to Isis, the capital Baghdad is now under threat from the west as well as the north of the country.
Diplomats in the capital are now saying that the army now lacks any real offensive capabilities so stands very little chance of taking back any of the vast swathes of territory lost to the Sunni insurgents.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."