Kinzinger Calling for U.S. Military Engagement in Iraq

WASHINGTON (WIFR) – Islamic militants have already taken over two major cities in Iraq over the last 36 hours and the group says they now have their eyes on Baghdad.

“I don’t rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria for that matter,” said President Obama.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS feel that by taking over Baghdad it would allow the Sunnis to form an Islamic state used to promote the growth of terrorism across the entire middle east. Local congressman and Iraq war veteran Adam Kinzinger is calling on the president to start air and drone strikes as well as deploying a special operations team to work with Iraqi forces to stop the Sunni insurgency.

Kinzinger says there’s no overstating what’s at stake in Iraq right now.

“In the last 72 hours, the second largest city fell, you have the hometown of Saddam Hussein has fallen and you have bad guys within eighty miles of Baghdad. This is a very serious situation and this is a very urgent situation. I think if Iraq falls into chaos it hastens the day when the entire Middle East is on fire and you may have to see a larger scale military engagement and that’s something we’re trying to avoid,” Kinzinger said.

Other republicans have also called for strikes. South Carolina Senator Graham said “I’ve never been more worried about another 9/11 than I am right now.”

Meantime, Arizona senator John McCain called this insurgency “the gravest threat to our national security since the end of the Cold War.”

WASHINGTON (WIFR) -- Today congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan called for U.S. military engagement in Iraq following reports of increased violence and the takeover Iraqi cities by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces. Both Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and Tikrit have fallen under control of ISIS forces in the last 36 hours, sparking worries over the security of Baghdad.

"Seeing cities that American troops fought so hard for fall into the hands of terrorists is absolutely heartbreaking, and we must act decisively if we hope to prevent further chaos throughout the region," said Kinzinger. "ISIS' next target is Baghdad, and if the city falls, these extremists will have a foothold from which to promote the growth of terrorism across the entire Middle East. It is time for President Obama to order air and drone strikes against ISIS forces, and deploy special operations teams to work with our Iraqi allies to strategically strike the enemy where they are most vulnerable. The President has missed this opportunity before, and it is time he learns from his mistakes before it is too late."

When Fallujah fell in January, Kinzinger called for the United States to provide military support to Iraq, saying, "It is not too late to reverse the tragic foreign policy consequences what we've seen in the Middle East...this has to be done today; this has to be done now. The blood of Americans have sacrificed for a free Iraq and a free Afghanistan - we cannot let that sacrifice be in vain."

Adam Kinzinger is a Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. He has served in the Air Force Special Operations, Air Combat Command, Air Mobility Command, and currently serves as a Major in the Air National Guard.

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