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Iraqi ambassador pleads for US military aid
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:47:56 PM »

Iraqi ambassador pleads for US military aid

By Martin Matishak - 07/01/14 11:47 AM EDT

Iraq’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday said his government would increase its military cooperation other nations, including Iran, Russia and Syria, to fight a growing insurgency unless the U.S. provides additional aid.

“We desperately need U.S. assistance to turn the tide,” Lukman Faily said during an event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Time is not on side.”

“There is a void,” he told the audience, adding that the Iraqi government will look to capitals like Moscow and Tehran for military assistance “if the United States cannot fill that void.”

The diplomat’s comments came one day after President Obama announced he would send additional troops to bolster security at U.S. diplomatic facilities throughout Iraq. The new troops are in addition to 300 military advisers approved last month.

Iraq has been rocked in recent weeks as the extremist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of large swaths of the country. ISIS over the weekend declared an Islamic state, or caliphate, controlling the territory it has captured and announced it is changing its name to the Islamic State.

Faily said the administration’s recent moves to shore up security in the battle-scared nation shows the White House is “serious” about its commitment to Iraq.

“We were never disputing the U.S. commitment to Iraq … the issue is the scale of the support,” he told the audience, saying the threat posed by ISIS is “too immediate” for conditions to be placed on military aid.

Faily said Baghdad has asked the administration “again and again” for air support, such as Apache helicopters, but has since been forced to accept assistance from Russia in the form of fighter jets.

“We don’t have choices,” according to Faily. “The situation on the ground is pushing us to choose whoever will support us.”

Faily said that, regardless of who comes to Iraq’s aid, it will take a “prolonged process” to take back the gains made by ISIS because the group has largely taken over the Iraq-Syria border, giving the extremists a “pipeline for supplies.”

Control of “Baghdad … or the whole globe” is the terrorist group’s objective because members believe “they are representative of God and no one else,” Faily told the audience.

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Re: Iraqi ambassador pleads for US military aid
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014, 06:12:18 PM »
He's not going to get anywhere near the amount of military aid that would be needed to even begin to address this.  The time for the US to do anything constructive about this is long past.  What was needed was US leadership to insist that a SOFA agreement was forged, allowing US troops to stay in the country and keep the cork in the bottle, such as it was.  Obama set the stage for all of this when he deliberately allowed the SOFA negotiations to fail, and summarily withdrew from Iraq.

The fact is that Iraq as we have known it has ceased to exist and the entire region is descending into a general civil war.  There is now nothing we can accomplish other than expedite the safe evacuation of any Americans who wish to leave, and even that effort is getting tenuous.


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