Austin's Morning Show

Blog > Austin's Morning Show > U.S. Scrambles to Help Iraq Fight Off Militants as Baghdad Is Threatened

U.S. Scrambles to Help Iraq Fight Off Militants as Baghdad Is Threatened

The White House, confronted by an unexpected crisis on a battlefield it thought it had left behind, scrambled Thursday to reassure Iraq that it would help its beleaguered army fend off militants who have overrun much of the country and now threaten Baghdad.

Recognizing what one official described as an “urgent emergency situation,” President Obama and his aides moved on multiple fronts. A senior official said the president was actively considering American airstrikes against the militant groups. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. telephoned Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to express American support. And Pentagon officials briefed lawmakers about what one senator later described as a “grave situation.”

In his only public comments on Iraq, Mr. Obama said his national security staff was meeting around the clock. But the frenzy of activity has yet to produce a tangible American response — attesting to how swiftly this crisis has erupted and how it has left a stunned White House groping for a response.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/13/world/obama-voices-concern-over-militant-advance-in-iraq.html?hpw&rref=world&_r=0

Austin's Morning Show

The Obama administration is preparing to introduce major steps to phase out production of a popular chemical...
Texas Child Protective Services had received four separate complaints about potential abuse against Colton Turner...
The United States would retaliate against Syrian President Bashar Assad's air defenses if he were to go after...
A drian Peterson, the NFL running back, has been indicted for injuring his 4-year-old son. According to sources in...
Americans by a 3-to-1 margin support President Barack Obama’s decision to take military action against the Islamic...