Wednesday, September 28, 2016

U.S. to send 600 more troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive




U.S. to send 600 more troops to Iraq for Mosul offensive


http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/09/28/united-states-military-presence-iraq/91220510/





Summary:

Due to Islamic State militants occupying the city of Mosul, The White House authorized the U.S. Military to send 600 troops to Iraq. Their purpose was to help train and prepare Iraqi military forces to fight against the militants and take back the city. There are now at least 5,000 authorized American troops in Iraq, but the main purpose would provide logistics and maintenance support in addition to training and advising Iraq's military forces. Although U.S. troops are not meant for combat forces, they can help lead ground force assaults against ISIS, otherwise known as ISIL. Even with the US's support, Iraqi forces will have a hard time re-taking the city of Mosul; Air Force Col. John Dorrian, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad stated that "[Islamic militants] built a hell on earth around themselves," having 2 years to fortify the city with defenses, tunnels, roadside bombs, and created even a makeshift oil-moat. With Iraqi forces seizing territory around the city Islamic militants used for supplies and also seizing an militant air force base, they are still facing a difficult situation as the militants are positioned in a city with hundreds of thousands of civilians that are used as human shields to block bombings and bullets being fired.

Connection:

This article connects to the past tensions between the US and ISIS/ISIL bombings and attacks throughout the United States and the World. This recent event is an act of fighting against Islamic militants demonstrating acts of terrorism throughout the US and shows that the President and country are not sitting by and watching our country being attacked. This also relates to recent terrorist attacks on US soil, attacking 29 countries, killed 2,043 people, and injuring thousands of others. 

Questions:

Do you think this is the best approach for the US to fight back against ISIS/ISIL?

Will this action help reduce or increase tensions between the two countries? Why?

What would you do if you were in charge of deciding how to fight against the Islamic militants?

8 comments:

  1. I think it is a good way to approach the conflict, even if 600 soldiers won't solve the conflict it might inspire other countries to do the same.

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  2. this is not the best way to fight back. this is just like the afghanistan war, there will be a stalemate for along time with no change but the number of casualties.The only way to release tensions are to join forces to fight against isis.

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  3. I believe that we should fight back cause it looks bad on the U.S that we have not don't anything about all the attacks they have done on us and we have not done anything about it. I think they might back off a little bit because they know that we will do something back if they try to attack the U.S. I would do the same and send more troops out to help.

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  4. I think it is good that we're at least doing something to help Iraq with their problem with ISIS. I believe it might strengthen our relationship with Iraq because we are showing them that we can help them when they really need it.

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  5. I believe that it is great that there are more US troops deployed now, it'll help contain them

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  6. I think it's a good idea to send more troops to Iraq, because Iraq needs are help defending against ISIS so we might be able to gain some type of relationship with Iraq. In doing so it might encourage other countries to do the same and help.

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  7. I think it's a good idea but I don't think it will be super effective in fighting against ISIS. They should attack the problem itself instead of supporting another group to do it alone. I agree with what Joshua said about joining forces and fighting against ISIS because it's a lot stronger that way and thus more effective.

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  8. This is very absurd in the way the media portrays issues rather than show the true problem. where do all these terrorist groups come from and what is their cause. Ideally we don't want to lose more lives to a fight that we don't know where they are based or who is controlling their forces. This is a world wide issue but some countries protect these "villians" while others are trying to hunt them down.

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