Sec. Kerry Pledges to Help Iraq, But Says No Boots on the Ground
Secretary of State John Kerry pledged United States support to the Iraqi government after Al Qaeda-linked insurgents took over key cities, Fallujah and Ramadi.
The Iraqi Defense Ministry has released footage it says shows the bombing of an Al Qaeda hideout in the Anbar Province where the two cities are located.
Secretary Kerry promised to help Iraq in their fight, but said there will be no American boots on the ground. “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis. That is exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left Iraq. So we are not obviously contemplating returning.”
Fox News’ Peter Doocy reported that 20 people were killed on Sunday in a bombing in Baghdad. Republican Senators John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) are declaring the rapid rise in violence a signal of failed American foreign policy.
They put out a joint statement that reads: “When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, over the objections of our military leaders and commanders on the ground, many of us predicted that the vacuum would be filled by America’s enemies and would emerge as a threat to U.S. national security interests. Sadly, that reality is now clearer than ever.”