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Questions for the US Iraq “strategy”
Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens June 16, 2014
As a result of ongoing instability and violence in certain areas of Iraq, Embassy Baghdad is reviewing its staffing requirements in consultation with the State Department. Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basrah and Erbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman. Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the Embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission.
Washington — Calling the situation in Iraq “clearly an emergency situation,” President Obama said June 12 that the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to keep jihadists from getting a permanent foothold in the region.
“This is an area that we’ve been watching with a lot of concern, not just over the last couple of days, but over the last several months, and we’ve been in close consultation with the Iraqi government,” the president said after a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the White House.
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000
a reply to: MrSpad
Baghdad Bob also noted the U.S. Forces were nowhere remotely close to Baghdad .......as the engines of M1 MBT's could be faintly heard while the initial "Thunder Runs" were occurring to test the streets for entering further.
That isn't a place in the world I've really seen a history to trust reports from, either coming locally or from (perhaps especially from) our own side.
Truth is said to be the first casualty of war, and it died there over 20 years ago. I hope you're right, but gut feeling says the situation is fluid right now, mistakes by either side could still decide critical contests which determine the outcome.
Mr Murphy is still capable of making an appearance to laugh from either line, and throw it all into a fur ball.