Iraq says town retaken from ISIS - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Iraq says town retaken from ISIS

Posted: Updated:
A former U.S. ambassador to Iraq says U.S. airstrikes may be needed in Iraq.  (Source: CNN) A former U.S. ambassador to Iraq says U.S. airstrikes may be needed in Iraq. (Source: CNN)
  • InternationalMore>>

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:03 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:03:47 GMT
    North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a...More >>
    North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking...More >>
  • Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:40:56 GMT
    Europe's recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.More >>
    Europe's economic recovery is in danger. Governments are under pressure to save it, but struggling with political obstacles and disagreement among themselves over what to do.More >>
  • Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Regional body to help restore stability in Lesotho

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:51:08 GMT
    The king of Lesotho must fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister of the mountainous African country to flee.More >>
    Southern Africa's regional body said Monday it will send an envoy and an observer team to Lesotho to help restore stability and security in the mountainous kingdom where military actions over the weekend caused the...More >>

(CNN) - It’s a win for the Iraqi government.

Iraqi military forces say they have taken back the northern Iraqi city of Al-Awja from the Islamic militant group ISIS.

Still, ISIS controls large swaths of the country and seems to have the momentum.

The fight raises the question: Could the U.S. have done something differently, even after troops left in 2011, to prevent what has happened in Iraq?

Ryan Crocker, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, says it's time for the U.S. to re-engage, and that should include airstrikes.

“I learned maybe two lessons during almost 40 years in the Middle East. The first is be careful what you get into. Interventions can have 30th and 40th order unintended consequences,” he said. “The second thing I learned is be even more careful what you get out of because disengagement can have graver results than engagement in the first place. I would argue that we didn't do either very well in Iraq.”

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the U.S. role in Iraq could grow beyond supplying military advisers if U.S. interests are threatened.

Copyright 2014 CNN. All rights reserved.

 

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.