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US Air strikes required in Iraq

Iraq is in a very bad state unfortunately, and now radical islamists threaten to win the war against the West. The strategy of the islamists is to put their hands on the oil rich provinces, secure them enough with the help of friendly states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and then in the longer run, to seek support from other states to reach a status quo. But in order to do that, radical islamists are actually engaged in atrocities to march their way into the big cities, and Bagdad especially. As a result, Baghdad asked Washington Wednesday to carry out air strikes on militants who attacked Iraq’s main oil refinery and seized more territory in the north, amid warnings the country’s future was at stake. The appeal for strikes — which the White House said US President Barack Obama has not ruled out — came as fighters, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were pressing an eight-day offensive, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki pledging to face down “terrorism.” While officials touted progress, militants seized three villages in northern Iraq and India said 40 of its nationals were kidnapped in Mosul, the city captured last week by insurgents at the onset of their offensive. “Iraq has officially asked Washington to help… and to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups,” Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia. However, Zebari said “a military approach will not be enough. We acknowledge the need for drastic political solutions.”

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