Friday, June 20, 2014

instaPoll: Do you believe the United States should get involved in the current situation in Iraq?

Congressman Randy Forbes



Last week, a Sunni extremist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), intensified its attempts to overthrow the Shiite-majority Iraqi government and military.  ISIL, which originally grew out of Al Qaeda, has overtaken major cities in Iraq and is currently moving toward the capital in Baghdad.  The Sunnis and Shiites represent two branches of Islam in Iraq where political and sectarian rifts between the two have resulted in years of political violence.  

Yesterday, President Obama said, "The United States will continue to increase our support to Iraqi security forces. We're prepared to create joint operation centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq to share intelligence and coordinate planning to confront the terrorist threat of ISIL. And through our new Counterterrorism Partnership Fund, we're prepared to work with Congress to provide additional equipment. We have had advisers in Iraq through our embassy, and we're prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisers -- up to 300 -- to assess how we can best train, advise, and support Iraqi security forces going forward.  American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well."

Question of the week:  Do you believe the United States should get involved in the current situation in Iraq?

( ) Yes.
( ) No.
( ) I don't know. 
( ) Other.

Take the Poll here.

Find the results of last week's InstaPoll here.


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