U.S. to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi Security Forces to counter Sunni insurgents 1406141
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|Saturday, June 14, 2014 06:45 AM|
|U.S. to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi Security Forces to counter Sunni insurgents.|
Citing the “huge investments and sacrifices” Americans have made in Iraq, President Barack Obama said today that he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi security forces stop rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents who have overrun much of the country’s north, control most of Anbar province and are now threatening the capital, Baghdad.
Iraqi army soldiers and police officers conduct a routine security patrol in Bulayz, Iraq.
Obama said assistance for Iraq’s security forces is necessary because of the “significant gains” Sunni fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have made in the past several days, taking over the country’s second-largest city, Mosul, and continuing to push southward toward the Iraqi capital while overrunning Tikrit and several other towns and threatening several of Iraq’s Shiite shrines.