Iraq says town retaken from ISIS - WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC

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>>

  • Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:15 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:15:32 GMT
    A senior Hamas leader says the group signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court. Such a step could expose Israel - as well as Hamas - to war crimes investigations.More >>
    Witnesses say an Israeli airstrike has collapsed a 12-story apartment tower in central Gaza City.More >>
  • Correction: Ebola story

    Correction: Ebola story

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:05:51 GMT
    Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu says the country has confirmed two new Ebola cases, the first two to have spread beyond those who had direct contact with the ill traveler from Liberia who brought the...More >>
    In a story Aug. 22 about new cases of Ebola in Nigeria, The Associated Press reported erroneously in headlines that deaths from Ebola in Liberia topped 1,000. Deaths did not top 1,000 in Liberia, but cases of Ebola in...More >>
  • Bombings kill 30 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Bombings kill 30 in Iraq after Sunni mosque attack

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:05 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:05:47 GMT
    Iraq's parliament speaker says an investigation is underway into an attack on a Sunni mosque that killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions.More >>
    Bombings in Baghdad and the northern city of Kirkuk killed at least 30 people on Saturday as the Iraqi government investigated a deadly attack on a Sunni mosque the day before that has heightened sectarian tensions amid a...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