Increasing U.S. calls to step aside in favor Maliki
Increasing U.S. calls to step aside in favor Maliki
Thursday, June 19th, 2014 08:57
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Shows President Barack Obama to pressure from U.S. lawmakers, on Wednesday, to persuade Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to step down because of what they see as a failure of leadership in the face of a rebellion displays his country at risk.
She said the agency (Reuters), saying: While Obama held a meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss U.S. options in Iraq, joined by senior officials in the U.S. government to a group of owners and critics blamed for error in the treatment of sectarian divisions exploited by the militants militants. ”
Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress in session in the Maliki government asked the U.S. air force to help in addressing the Sunni insurgents who overran the north of the country.
He did not say you will meet Gen. Washington and the Iraqi request or not, but Dempsey pointed out that the U.S. military is not in a hurry to launch air strikes in Iraq, pointing to the need to clarify the volatile situation on the ground so they can choose any targets “rational.” It seems that Obama agrees to a large extent with the army in this opinion.
Obama briefed congressional leaders on Wednesday on the situation in Iraq and accept them as it considers options “to increase security assistance” to a country that is struggling fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
The White House said in a statement after the meeting in the Oval Office and lasted more than an hour, “Chairman presented a report on the U.S. government efforts to counter the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by urging Iraq’s leaders to set aside sectarian agendas that unite a sense of national unity.”
A senior official in the U.S. government later that Obama did not decide at the meeting a particular course of action and that it has not yet made a final decision.
A source at the U.S. National Security The Obama administration has quietly started to consult with Congress on a plan to redirect some of the funding for the current intelligence to help fund U.S. operations in Iraq.
The United States, which withdrew its troops from Iraq in 2011 that Baghdad must take steps toward sectarian reconciliation before deciding Obama any military action against the insurgency led by the organization of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an offshoot of the al-Qaida network.
Maliki did not seem so far little willingness to form a government more accommodating each spectra.
Said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein head of the Intelligence Committee in the Senate, “Frankly .. Maliki government should go if it wants any reconciliation.”
He called on Republican Sen. John McCain, speaking in the Senate to the use of air power in Iraq, but also urged Obama to “make it clear to the owners that ended his time.”
Obama did not ask the government publicly departure of al-Maliki, but showed signs of discontent with him.
The Minister of Defense Chuck Hagel in a congressional hearing, “this current government in Iraq has not done at all commitments made to form a government of national unity with Sunnis and Kurds and Shiites.”
Said White House spokesman Jay Carney said al-Maliki did not do enough “to govern in a way that is inclusive and not exclusion, and that he contributed to the creation of the situation and the crisis that we are witnessing today in Iraq.”
Carney did not reach to the extent of calling the departure of al-Maliki. Carney was asked to step down Should al-Maliki said: “It is clear that this is not us that we decide.”
Earlier, White House officials said that Obama has not yet made a decision on what action should be taken, but the president has ruled out the possibility of re-forces to carry out combat role there. And opposed by some in the anti-war camp in the Democratic Party for Obama any military action may drag the United States back into conflict.
Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the Senate after meeting with Obama that the organization of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant “poses a real threat” to U.S. interests. He was quoted as saying in a statement: “Unfortunately, the Iraqi security forces are far less capable than it was when the President to withdraw all our troops (at the end of 2011).”
The focus of much of the attention on the possibility of the implementation of the air strikes, whether military aircraft or drone, but U.S. officials said they are worried about the possibility of injuring the wrong targets and causing casualties of civilians.
The options under consideration include the intensification of training Iraqi forces might use ALL U.S. special forces and expedite the delivery of weapons and increase intelligence-sharing activities.
According to statements by U.S. officials recently that any U.S. military role would be directed to the selective and that if the government decided to proceed with the Obama strikes, they may be limited attacks unmanned aircraft such as those used in Pakistan and Yemen. Finished / Agencies