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IPFS News Link • Iraq

US Steps Up Military Support for Iraq

 Iraq continues to engage in an open-ended bloody conflict with al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), attacking AQI targets in Anbar Province while AQI bombs tear through the rest of Iraq. It’s a horrible mess, so naturally the US wants in on it.
State Department official Brett McGurk testified at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Iraq, declaring AQI “is an army” and that the US needs to give Iraq security support to contend with them.

Loaded with hawks, the Foreign Affairs Committee is needless to say all for intervention, pushing the idea of speeding up arms shipments, condemning Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for being too close to neighboring Iran, and suggesting the US may send “advisers” for the Iraqi military.