Iraq says town retaken from ISIS - CBS 3 Springfield - WSHM

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>>

  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:12 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:12:38 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >>
    Islamic State extremists released a video posted Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the...More >>
  • Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    Pentagon: Al-Shabab leader was target of airstrike

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 19:02:37 GMT
    The Pentagon says the leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab (ahl-shah-BAHB') extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle Monday night.More >>
    The leader of the Somalia-based al-Shabab extremist group was the target of U.S. military airstrikes that struck an encampment and a vehicle there on Monday night, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.More >>
  • US family grieving over new beheading video

    US family grieving over new beheading video

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:52 PM EDT2014-09-02 18:52:52 GMT
    A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.More >>
    A family spokesman says relatives of freelance journalist Steven Sotloff are aware of a new video purporting to show his beheading by Islamic State militants.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
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.