Washington is extending a much needed helping hand to Iraq--
The U.S. has decided to send about 300 military advisors to help Iraqi troops fight off insurgents-- this nearly three years after President Barack Obama pulled the last U.S. troops out of the country.
Obama made it clear though, that the help this time around, will not be in combat--
"American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region."
In a briefing at the White House Thursday, Obama also stressed the need for Iraq's government to be more "inclusive."
"It is clear that only leaders that can govern with an inclusive agenda that can are going to truly be able to bring the Iraqi and get them through the crisis. The United States will not support military options that support one sect inside Iraq at the expense of another."
He added that the U.S. is not in position to choose Iraq's leaders--
But citing support from the U.S., some political leaders in Iraq are calling for the prime minister to be replaced.
Nuri al-Maliki has come under fire for his sectarian policies, favoring Shi'ite interests and is widely blamed for the spiraling Sunni insurgency.
The insurgents -- the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the ISIL -- are now in control of many of Iraq's northern cities.
The ISIL, now eyeing Baghdad, poses the greatest threat to Iraq's security since the U.S.-led invasion back in 2003.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
bartektodde (USA) 2014-06-21 10:57:19 KST
The original Iraqi war was about Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction (WMD). As the war progressed no weapons were being found. The justification of the war was then changed to a civil right issue. Weapons of mass destruction were never found. Saddam Hussein, a Sunni Muslim, committed atrocities against his "own people", the Shiite Muslims, it was said. Now the Shiite Muslims are putting the screws to the Sunni Muslims.