Mark and Charlie's Blog

Blog > Mark and Charlie's Blog > 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

Taboola Teaser

DALLAS -- Approximately 40 participants attending a Tony Robbins seminar downtown suffered minor burn injuries...
Democrats and Republicans nearly came to blows on the House floor during an extraordinary sit-in protest for a...
A man who says he was Omar Mateen's lover has claimed the mass murderer acted out of revenge after finding out one...
A man who says he was Orlando shooter Omar Mateen's gay lover is speaking out following the attack on Pulse...
As state after state has legalized marijuana in one way or another, big names in corporate America have stayed...