US Senate calls for air strikes on Iraq
13 Jun 2014 13:32
Sen. Lindsey Graham has called on US President Barack Obama to authorize airstrikes in Iraq in order to halt the progress of al-Qaeda groups.
“There is no scenario where we can stop the bleeding in Iraq without American airpower,” Sen. Graham (R-S.C.) said after leaving a classified Senate Armed Services Committee briefing, The Hill reports.
If American airpower is not interjected into the equation, I don’t see how you stop these people.”
Graham’s comments come as the Iraqi prime minister has asked the parliament to declare a state of emergency after al-Qaeda affiliated militants took control of the northern province of Nineveh.
Graham said that what he had heard behind the closed doors “scared the hell out of me” and if the president’s military advisers recommended air attacks, “I would support it.”
“We’ve got another Benghazi in the making here,” Graham said.
The militants are now in control of some areas in northern Iraq. They have threatened to spread the violence to the holy Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala.
Sen. John McCain also called for President Obama’s national security team to resign over the deteriorating security situation in Iraq.
McCain specifically called for the resignation of Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Militants belonging to the al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have vowed to march towards the Iraqi capital.
Meanwhile, the United States is accelerating plans for massive weapons shipments to Iraq as the country is battling the resurgence of al-Qaeda violence.
The arms supplies, including Hellfire missiles and Scan Eagle unmanned drones, are expected to be airlifted to the country in the near future, The Independent reports.
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