'We Need Obama to Step Up': Kinzinger on ISIS Overtaking Ramadi
The main government compound in Ramdi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, has been captured by Islamic State militants.
According to Ramadi's Mayor Dalaf al-Kubaisi, the militants raised the black flag of ISIS over the area after troops were forced to withdraw from the compound.
Fox News reported:
He said the IS militants, who also seized other parts of the city, are now attacking the Anbar Operation Command, the military headquarters for the province.
Dalaf said at least 10 policemen were killed in the fighting and dozens of other security forces were wounded. He said IS militants killed several captured policemen and army officers in the city, where most civilians have fled.
U.S. troops saw some of the heaviest fighting of the eight-year Iraq intervention in Anbar, and Ramadi was a major insurgent stronghold. The IS group captured the nearby city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in January 2014, months before its main sweep across northern and western Iraq.
The IS assault on the Ramadi government compound began with three nearly simultaneous suicide car bombings. Two Humvees previously seized from the Iraqi army were used in Friday's attack, al-Kubaisi said.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told Greta Van Susteren tonight that if the whole city of Ramadi falls, it will be "devastating."
"It seems like we’re basically in a where’s where list of everywhere America fought hard to bring freedom to the Iraqi people," Kinzinger said.
"Mosul was a very long and drawn-out battle that American forces put a lot of blood and treasure into and Ramadi is the same way," he added. "Billions of dollars, hundreds of lives, and it also represents a very important strategic point in the stealing of western Iraq."
Kinzinger also slammed President Barack Obama for blowing off the Iraqi government while ISIS invades the region.
“The president always keeps stuff like this at an arm’s length," Kinzinger stated. "...We need the president to step up and we also need to make it clear to the Iraqi government that with U.S. help comes you needing to cooperate less with Iran in the region, because we see that Iran is destabilizing Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen all over the place.”
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