With one of the two candidates claiming fraud and calling on supporters to stage disruptive protests nationwide, the democratic passage of power that was supposed to be a grace note to Americas longest war is coming into doubt. Fears mount that Obama could be left without a status of forces agreement, as happened in Iraq. And look how thats turned out. The mad dogs of ISIS that came across the border from Syria to form Al Qaedastan are firmly in charge of a vast region of Iraq. They are distributing highly polished English-language videos calling on Muslims to join jihad in Syria and in Iraq, which was liberated from tyrant Saddam Hussein at the cost of 4,500 American lives.
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Obama, Putin may talk soon
He has been beaten, he has been chained, he has been treated terribly.” Ros-Lehtinen noted that the transcript of Obama and Nieto’s meeting, in which the two discussed the surge of immigrants from Mexico into the United States, did not include any mention of Tahmooressi. “Now, they’ll probably tell us, ‘Oh well the president did (mention Tahmooressi), but it’s such a sensitive nature that we didn’t put it down in the notes of the transcript of what was talked about,'” Ros-Letinen said. “Baloney. This is very clear that it was not talked about.” Ros-Lehtinen added that she does not trust the Mexican justice system to free Tahmooressi, as she believes it’s corrupt and distrustful of American service members. The debate over Tahmooressi comes days after his mother hired high-profile attorney Fernando Benitez Alvarez del Castillo, the Marine’s third lawyer in as many weeks. Tahmooressi, 25, who served two combat tours in Afghanistan, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has alleged mistreatment — including being stripped naked and chained to a bed — at the hands of his Mexican captors.
The Iraqi public will ultimately reject the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraqs government, but the group still represents a medium- and long-term threat to the United States, Obama said. Were going to have to be vigilant generally. Right now the problem with ISIS is the fact that theyre destabilizing the country, Obama said, using a common acronym for the group. That could spill over into some of our allies like Jordan. The Sunni insurgency in Iraq and neighboring Syria is just one of an array of threats the united states U.S. must guard against, Obama said in an interview recorded Friday and airing Sunday on CBS Face the Nation. He pointed to the group Boko Haram in north Africa and al-Qaida groups in Yemen that he said also demand the attention of the U.S. and its partners.
Obama to send military advisors to Iraq but seeks political solution – Los Angeles Times
Russian news services have quoted Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov as saying that “a Putin-Obama call is planned, above all focused on the topic of Ukraine but, of course, touching on other current international problems, including Iraq and Syria.” Obama has criticized Putin for Russian activity in neighboring Ukraine, including annexation of the Crimea region. The American president has urged the Russian leader to accept a peace plan put forth by new Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko, and to help end Russian separatist violence in southern and eastern Ukraine. The United States also wants Russian diplomatic help in quelling the violence in Iraq and Syria. Obama may be warming up for his Putin conversation by talking first with U.S. allies. On Friday, Obama spoke separately with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
Obama: Threat from Iraq militants could grow – The Washington Post
“But there is an urgent need for an inclusive political process.” American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people … and American interests. – President Obama, speaking in the White House briefing room after meeting with his top national security advisors In a sign of Obama’s frustration, U.S. envoys in Baghdad have met with senior Iraqi politicians who want to remove Maliki from power and replace him with a leader who would reach out to Sunni Arabs and Kurds. Administration officials have not called publicly for Maliki to step down, wanting to avoid charges of fomenting another leadership change in Baghdad 11 years after the U.S.-led military invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.