Today, when President Obama interrupted his summer vacation to make a statement denouncing the slaying of American journalist James Foley, he declared that ISIS militants in the Mideast are a “cancer.” To battle that cancer, the United States will likely send chemo in the form of more American warriors to Iraq.
According to NBC Nightly News, the United States currently has 849 troops inside Iraq. The Pentagon is now suggesting that, at the request of the State Department, an additional 300 U.S. Marines are needed to augment those forces; presumably they will deploy to the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad. The Baghdad Embassy is the largest and most expensive in the world.
In addition to approximately 100 U.S. Marines who protect the embassy as part of their regular duties, 275 Marines were sent two months ago to bolster embassy security as ISIS forces closed in. The compound has also been heavily guarded by private defense contractors since the U.S. military officially exited Iraq at the end of 2011.
The State Department will not disclose the number of Americans inside Iraq providing security as paid contractors. Many civilians would be surprised to learn that some American defense contractors hire hundreds of poorly-trained men from various countries, including African countries, to fill spots inside hot-zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
U.S. Navy F-18 fighter jets and drones have been firing on and destroying Sunni militants in Northern Iraq for the last two weeks where the radical Islamists have forced thousands onto Mount Sinjar. Kurds, Christians, and Yazidis have been in the cross-hairs of the ISIS murderers since they began their march across Iraq after the first of the year.
U.S. intelligence officials say it’s likely there is a small contingency of Americans who have aligned themselves with the militant fighters and are fighting inside Iraq and Syria. The ISIS fighter shown beheading James Foley spoke English however, since he had a British accent, intelligence officials now speculate British citizens have also joined the terrorist network.