Islamic State of Iraq
Wrapping up a weekend away with his family, President Barack Obama was returning to Washington Monday faced with an impending choice on how to act to stop violent insurgents bringing chaos to Iraq.
President Barack Obama has not ruled out any options on stopping Islamic militants from capturing Iraqi cities.
Hillary Clinton says what’s happening in Iraq is “a dreadful, deteriorating situation” and she’s surprised by the effectiveness of the al Qaeda-inspired group that has captured major cities there.
An al Qaeda splinter group has vowed to march on to Baghdad after seizing two key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq, as the nation’s military reportedly launched its first airstrikes against the militants in one of the locations.
Al-Qaeda-inspired militants seized effective control Wednesday of Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, expanding their offensive closer to the Iraqi capital as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts following clashes with the insurgents.