Monday, June 23, 2014

US committed to helping Iraq

In a  Mon June 23, 2014 article by Chelsea J. Carter, Hamdi Alkhshali and Susanna Capelouto, CNN, from Baghdad, Iraq, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pledge to Iraqi leaders American assistance in fighting militant attacks would be "intense (and) sustained."

Kerry said that President Barack Obama has prepared "a range of options for Iraq" but is not planning to send in additional troops, weapons or ammunition. Obama said if Iraqis cannot come together to answer the militant threat, "there's not going to be a military solution to this problem. There's no amount of American firepower that's going to be able to hold the country together, and I've made that very clear to (Iraqi Prime Minister) Maliki and all the other leadership inside of Iraq."

Over the weekend, the CNN article reports, ISIS militants advanced toward the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and taken the Tal Afar airbase.

Iraqi troops are preparing to counter the move and recapture the facility and the city of Tal Afar.




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