US exploring ways to slow brutal terrorist advance in Iraq - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

US exploring ways to slow brutal terrorist advance in Iraq

Posted: Updated:
The ruthless terrorist group ISIS has captured territory from northwest Syria into the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CNN) The ruthless terrorist group ISIS has captured territory from northwest Syria into the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. (Source: CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Honduran families deported back to a bleak future

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:44:48 GMT
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.More >>
    Elsa Ramirez already had lost two brothers to violence in this remote Caribbean region when co-workers handling clandestine cocaine flights from South America murdered her husband four months ago.More >>
  • European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    European carriers suspend more Tel Aviv flights

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:43:21 GMT
    Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, says it is cancelling all flights to Tel Aviv for at least another 24 hours because of ongoing safety concerns.More >>
    Air France and Germany's two largest airlines on Wednesday canceled more flights to Tel Aviv because of safety concerns amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas.More >>
  • Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:33:43 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term...More >>

(CNN) - The violence continues in Iraq on Monday as towns and cities fall to the militant group ISIS.

Iraq is unraveling, and the U.S. is considering whether to get involved.

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is marching through the country capturing key cities like Tal Afar and Mosul and setting its sights on Baghdad.

Over the weekend, graphic images surfaced purportedly showing executions of Iraqi security forces.

On Monday, the Iraqi military struck back.

According to state TV, over 200 militants were killed in targeted strikes.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Yahoo News that U.S. officials are watching the situation closely, but as of now not taking military action.

"Americans feel very powerfully about not putting boots back on the ground in Iraq so we will consider what options are available to us," Kerry said.

The U.S. may engage with Iran to find a possible solution.

Two senior officials said President Barack Obama is exploring direct talks.

It's an idea even some Republicans support.

"We should have discussions with Iran. You just sit down and talk to them," said U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC.

Meanwhile, in Baghdad, officials are on high alert.

The state department issued a warning to U.S. citizens there, and the embassy is boosting its own security.

The question now is, will the U.S. military get involved?

Some are pushing for targeted airstrikes or even some troop deployment.

"I do believe we ought to put special forces teams on the ground. We need eyes on the ground, and I think these are ideally trained units," said Gen. Anthony Zinni, former CENTCOM Commander.

Obama said on Friday that is not an option.

The president is to meet with his national security team on Monday evening to discuss potential military action.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

  • Iraq CrisisMore>>

  • Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:37:05 GMT
    Iraqi officials say the death toll from a late night suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint in Baghdad has climbed to 31 people, most of them civilians.More >>
    Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term...More >>
  • US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    US officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:19:19 GMT
    Senior U.S. officials say they've vastly ramped up intelligence sorties over Iraq to better understand an expanding extremist insurgency and help Iraqi forces fight back.More >>
    Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even...More >>
  • At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    At least 21 dead in Iraq checkpoint car bombing

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:41:21 GMT
    A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint at the entrance to Baghdad's Khazimiyah district killing 21 people, including seven policemen manning the post.More >>
    A suicide driver rammed his explosive-laden car into a police checkpoint in the Iraqi capital killing 21 people, including more than a dozen civilians en route to a Shiite shrine in the final days of the Islamic holy month.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.