"Washington is sending as many as 300 military advisors to Iraq in addition to stepped-up surveillance and intelligence gathering in the Arab country."
Washington, July 1 - The White House said Monday that the Islamic group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is fighting to destroy Iraq, promising continuing delivery of weaponry to the embattled Arab country.

Spokesperson Josh Earnest, in response to ISIL's declared establishment Sunday of a caliphate in areas under its control in both Syria and Iraq, described it as a campaign of terror or of gross acts of violence and repressive ideology that pose a grave threat to Iraq's future, Xinhua reported

ISIL is not, as it claims, fighting on behalf of Sunnis, he told reporters at a daily news briefing. ISIL is not fighting for a stronger Iraq. ISIL is fighting to destroy Iraq.

He voiced disappointment over Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki' failure over the years to pursue an inclusive governing agenda needed to ensure what he called the long-term success of Iraq.

He said Washington was working with Maliki's government and all the political leaders in Iraq toward the establishment of an inclusive government to confront this existential threat posed by ISIL.

He explained that the United States was urging Iraq's leaders to reach an agreement on the three critical posts key to forming the next government -- the parliamentary speaker, the president and the prime minister.

We're hoping that they'll act quickly so government formation can move forward after the first session of the new parliament is convened on July 1, Earnest added.

Washington is sending as many as 300 military advisors to Iraq in addition to stepped-up surveillance and intelligence gathering in the Arab country.

I can tell you that the United States remains committed to delivering the F-16s to Iraq as quickly as possible, he said, adding the delivery of the first two have been scheduled for this fall.


comments powered by Disqus
Read more on:
 

PERMALINK

http://www.nerve.in/news:2535002384937
You can quote the permanent link above for a direct link to the story. We do not archive or expire our news stories.


STORY OPTIONS
  Email this story to a friend
  XML feed for Americas


 
COPYRIGHTS INFORMATION
All rights reserved for news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.
Contact Nerve Staff for any feedback, corrections and omissions in news stories.
 

All rights reserved for the news content. Reproduction, storage or redistribution of Nerve content and articles in any medium is strictly prohibited.