Washington debates response in Iraq - KAIT-Jonesboro, AR-News, weather, sports

Washington debates response in Iraq

Posted: Updated:
ISIS militants have taken territory across northern Syria and Iraq and have closed to within 40 miles of  Baghdad. (Source: Radio Free Europe/CNN) ISIS militants have taken territory across northern Syria and Iraq and have closed to within 40 miles of Baghdad. (Source: Radio Free Europe/CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    Group says world is losing battle against Ebola

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:34:33 GMT
    The U.N. is warning that food prices are rising in countries hit by Ebola and that it'll get worse because many farmers won't be able to access fields during the upcoming harvests of rice and corn.
    The international group Doctors Without Borders warned Tuesday that the world is losing the battle against Ebola and lamented that treatment centers in West Africa have been "reduced to places where people go to die alone."
  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:24:18 GMT
    Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.
    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and...
  • UN: 4 peacekeepers killed in north Mali, 15 hurt

    UN: 4 peacekeepers killed in north Mali, 15 hurt

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-09-03 01:34:29 GMT
    A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali says at least four peacekeepers are dead and six have been seriously wounded after their convoy hit a mine in the country's violent north.
    At least four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and 15 wounded when their convoy hit a mine in northern Mali on Tuesday, a spokesman said.

ANBAR PROVINCE, IRAQ (Radio Free Europe/CNN) - The battle between Iraqi's military and militants continued on Wednesday at the country's main oil refinery, which was just one of many areas in conflict. Meanwhile, Washington debates whether or not to get involved.

President Barack Obama is taking up the issue with congressional leaders as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says Iraq has asked the U.S. for airpower.

ISIS militants in Iraq are moving even closer to the capital. They control areas in north and central Iraq. "Iraqis alone, they are in a very difficult position now," said Saleh al-Mutlak, Iraq's deputy prime minister.

Washington is staking out positions too.

"We have a request from the Iraqi government for airpower," said Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Dempsey said it's in the U.S. national security interest to counter the ISIS terrorists where they can be found. 

But some question how and why?

President Obama met with congressional leaders about Iraq. He has ruled out troops on the ground.

But airstrikes remain an option.

Military planners have a draft list of potential ISIS targets.

Republicans say it's not enough.

"The president has been watching what we've been watching for over a year as a situation in Iraq continued to be undermined yet nothing - nothing, has been done to try and reverse it," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-OH.

"Isn't it too late now to be sitting down and talking to members of Congress and basically saying let's look at the options?" U.S. Sen. Dan Coats, R-IN, asked Dempsey.

"Senator, it is only late if you suggest that we could have stopped it in some way," Dempsey responded. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV,  counters that Republicans are playing the blame game.

"Would they have preferred the U.S. stay in Iraq? Would they have preferred that our soldiers stayed in Iraq in harm's way?" Reid asked.

There are many questions about what to do next. So far, no answers have been made public.

Copyright 2014 Radio Free Europe via CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Iraq CrisisMore>>

  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:24:06 GMT
    Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.
    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and...
  • 350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad

    350 more troops assigned to US Embassy in Baghdad

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:01:35 GMT
    President Barack Obama has approved assigning 350 additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities.
    The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 8:44 PM EDT2014-09-03 00:44:29 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...
Powered by WorldNow

472 Craighead Co. 766
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 931-8888

FCC Public File
publicfile@kait8.com
(870) 336-1816
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KAIT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.