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350 More Troops Authorized For Iraq

President Obama has authorized 350 additional U.S. troops to protect diplomatic facilities and personnel in Baghdad. The Pentagon says these troops will not have a combat role. Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the new detachment would increase the total number of U.S. troops “augmenting diplomatic security in Iraq” to about 820. The [...]

Maliki Agrees To Resign

Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to step down, avoiding a possible further crisis. While the country is not at peace, Mr. Maliki’s decision appeared to pave the way for the first truly peaceful transition of power, based on democratic elections and without the guiding hand of American military forces, in modern Iraq’s history. [...]

The Guardian is reporting that US Marines and Special Forces have landed on Iraq’s Mt Sinjar to evacuate trapped Yazidis. More than 100 US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to organise an escape route for 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by hunger and [...]

Now we are being told U.S. ground troops could be used to help refugees in Northern Iraq. Benjamin J. Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser, told reporters on Martha’s Vineyard that President Obama would probably receive recommendations in the next several days about how to mount a rescue operation to help the refugees, who are [...]

Eric Garris of antiwar.com appeared on radio with me Tuesday night to argue, persuasively, that we shouldn’t be sending bombs, troops or anything else to Iraq, or anywhere else. Confronted with ethnic cleansing, Garris opines, we have never been able to fix it. We’ve never gone into a country where there hasn’t been mission creep, [...]

130 Marines Headed To Iraq

President Obama is sending in the Marines as “advisers” to Northern Iraq. The Marines and special operations forces have been sent to the city of Irbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq to assess the humanitarian crisis in the Sinjar mountains and ways to end it, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because officials [...]

If the leader of any other country had been in charge with the king of chaos we are now seeing in Iraq, they would have been gone a long time ago. Nouri al-Maliki has been forced out, but so far says he has the right to continue as Prime Minister. Maliki had appeared to be [...]

From the people who brought us the first Iraq war come dire warnings about how much jeopardy America will be in if we don’t start another one. “Are you saying we should go back to war in Iraq?” Wallace wondered. “I’m saying that Iraq and Syria combined represent a direct threat to our homeland,” he [...]

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We are not going to stop bombing Iraq anytime soon, according to President Obama. “I don’t think we’re going to solve this problem in weeks,” Mr. Obama told reporters before leaving for a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. “This is going to be a long-term project.” The president repeated his insistence that the United States [...]

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