With Islamist militants marching on Baghdad, the enfeebled democratic government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has expressed a willingness to allow the U.S. to conduct airstrikes on the insurgents, CNN reports.
The U.S. withdrew its last troops from Iraq in December 2011 — a “new dawn” for the country, the Prime Minister said at the time. However, many believe the resultant power vacuum has permitted insurgent forces to gain traction in the country. Over the past week, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) and other Islamic fundamentalist groups have seized the major cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and have displaced more than 500,000 Iraqis, according to a report released on Wednesday by the International Organization for Migration.
The country’s Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zabari, told CNN that the situation was “mortal.” Unnamed officials told CNN that Washington was looking to see what further support it…
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