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Anticipate U.S. residual force returning to Iraq

At the moment, the Obama administration is getting its act together in providing a very late response to the Maliki government’s need for military assistance. Nouri Maliki brought this mess onto himself and his nation by becoming a sectarian non-inclusive governor. The US, under Secretary John Kerry let him get away with that. We failed to provide timely and effective direction that could have prevented this circumstance. Now, we are all stuck.

Iraq under attack by ISIL (al Qaeda) insurgents
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The one thing that will forge relationships is to fight off the ISIL aka al Qaeda, a common enemy. The fights in the Middle East are ultimately all connected. The ISIL wants to win the majority of those battles to gain broad control. The global war on terror is to stop ISIL and like kind participants.

The US involvement will begin with combat air support to be followed by necessary drone launch sites and a compliment of troops that would have been called a residual force. We left too soon.


Militants Seize New Towns in Iraq as U.S. Considers Options


JUNE 13, 2014

Fighters led by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have moved southeast seizing the towns of Saadiyah and Jalawla in Diyala province, close to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Anticipating the approach of militants, Iraq's interior ministry spokesman said it is intensifying the deployment of forces and increasing intelligence efforts in Baghdad. U.S. President Barack Obama said he was considering "all options" to make sure "these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria." The president has not ruled out airstrikes, though White House spokesman Jay Carney said the United States is not considering ground troops. According to Iranian security officials, Iran deployed two Revolutionary Guards units Wednesday to protect Baghdad, Karbala, and Najaf. On Thursday, the Iraqi government launched airstrikes in and around Mosul and said it sent elite military units to "cleanse" the city of Islamist extremists. Additionally, thousands of Shiite "volunteers" reportedly are mobilizing to protect Baghdad and other Shiite regions. The United Nations refugee agency said there have been 800,000 people displaced by fighting in Iraq since the beginning of the year, with 300,000 just this week.”

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