Kinzinger calls for U.S military engagement in Iraq
Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, today 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.
Including air strikes, drone strikes, and special operations missions; no troops on the ground
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, today 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.