Republicans: White House Out to Lunch on Iraq
Iraq is in danger of falling into the hands of al Qaeda and its off-shoots, and some say the American government isn't doing enough to help.
One video shows an actual airstrike perpetrated by the Iraqi military on al Qaeda-linked targets in Ramadi this week.
The campaign is part of stepped-up efforts by Iraqi troops to get rid of the al Qaeda element that has crept into many Iraqi cities since the United States pulled out in 2011.
But the terrorist group is fighting back. Just Thursday, an al Qaeda-linked suicide bomber attacked an Iraqi military recruiting center in Baghdad, killing dozens.
Fallujah is another city that's seen several clashes between the Iraqi military and al Qaeda forces. Many residents, fearing for their lives, have fled the city, leaving those who remain to fend for themselves.
"We don't have gas, oil or benzene," one Fallujah resident lamented.
How will this recent surge in terror activity affect Christians in Iraq? CBN Sr. International Correspondent George Thomas answers this and more, on CBN Newswatch, Jan. 10.
Meanwhile in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, accused President Barack Obama of ignoring the recent violence.
"We must maintain a long-term commitment to a successful outcome there and it's time the president recognized this and get engaged," the Ohio lawmaker said.
But White House press secretary Jay Carney defended the administration.
"We are very mindful that this al Qaeda affiliate has created a lot of chaos and carnage in Anbar province," he said. "That's why we are engaged in the effort that we are to assist the Iraqi government to help them expel that presence."
The White House says the United States will deliver supplies to Iraq, but exactly what the U.S. will send is up for debate in Congress.
However, the White House is standing firm on its commitment not to send any troops back to Iraq.