The U.S. Senate is heading to Iraq to provide support for the Apache aircraft

The U.S. Senate is heading to Iraq to provide support for the Apache aircraft

10/01/2014 19:25

The United States Senate is heading to Iraq to provide support for the Apache aircraftAgencies – is heading the U.S. Senate to support the request for supplying Iraq with attack helicopters amid reports a change in the position of Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who was standing deduced from the Washington supplying Baghdad with the help of a military need in the face of an attempt Qaeda control of Anbar province in the west of the country.
Senator Robert Menéndez chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate is required to obtain certain guarantees to support the rental and sale of dozens of helicopters Apache for the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

The focus of concern Menéndez on whether the United States to ensure that al-Maliki will not use these planes against his political opponents and whether the Obama administration has provided sufficient information to Congress on the efforts aimed at ensuring that Iran sending military aid to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over Iraqi airspace.

A spokesman for the Foreign Affairs Committee, Adam Sharon, “The administration is now considering the concerns that were raised first in July and that need to be answered before we can continue the process of selling this.

“When you explain these issues adequately, the head (the Committee) Menéndez will be ready to move forward.”

The speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner Obama administration to do more to help fight insurgents in Baghdad, but he stopped short of calling for U.S. troops to restore Iraq.

Said Boehner told reporters “the president himself that play a greater role in dealing with the issues of Iraq.

“It is necessary to extend the Iraqis equipment and other services will help them in the fight against terrorism, they are trying to do. There are things we can do to help the Iraqis, not including the involvement of U.S. troops.”

Two years after the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, the United States works to accelerate the supply Iraq with shipments of Hellfire missiles and surveillance aircraft and other equipment requested by al-Maliki to help Iraqi forces in dealing with al-Qaeda fighters who have returned to the province of Anbar, where it seems that the conflict in neighboring Syria feeds militant activity increased.

Prior to the establishment of al-Maliki visited Washington told Menéndez and prominent members of the Senate in late October President Obama in a letter that the al-Maliki has to make a greater effort to connect with his opponents and resist Iranian influence.

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. John McCain, who signed the letter that he must return to the United States to play an active role in Iraq, but will miss the security gains that have been achieved during the years of fighting in which the Americans.

Graham said in the Senate, “we are about to lose everything we fought for.”

After al-Maliki sent a letter from three pages to Menéndez – did not address directly to request helicopters or other military equipment – and with the worsening situation is more in Anbar aides said the Senate that Menéndez received a telephone call on Tuesday from Bill Burns, Deputy U.S. Secretary of State.

He added that Burns Helpers Menéndez confirmed that the State Department is working diligently in order to provide the guarantees requested by the Commission as a condition to supply Iraq with helicopters as soon as Congress receives official notification.

The New York Times first pointed to the potential change in the position of Menéndez. And should the U.S. State Department notified Congress in any arms sales in excess of a certain limit.

The Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the contacts with officials of the Senate.

Jane Sacchi said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, told reporters, “will support the U.S. government definitely provide Apache helicopters, particularly given the situation on the ground. Obviously this is something we are working for the Congress.” Q, Q