As Iraqi troops remain embattled with the Islamic State or ISIS for control of much of the country, the option of sending U.S. troops back into Iraq is quickly becoming both a 2016 presidential campaign topic and a serious consideration for the Obama administration.
On Thursday, the United States condemned a series of bombings by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Baghdad, and Diyala province. ISIS claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on Baghdad’s Sadr city where at least 67 people were killed and two attacks in Diyala province earlier in the week that killed approximately 60 people. In a statement, U. S. Department of State Spokesman, John Kirby condemned Thursday’s attack by ISIS at a crowded market place in the country’s capital, Baghdad and car bomb attacks in Diyala Province on Monday, as well as other recent terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people.
On Wednesday, outgoing U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, said during his final press conference that sending American troops back into Iraq is an option that should be present to U.S. President Barack Obama. General Odierno said while he believes the region must solve the problem if Iraqi troops continue to struggle in the fight to control ISIS, U.S. boots on the ground should be considered.
“If we find in the next several months that we aren’t making progress, we should absolutely consider embedding some soldiers”
General Odierno also said during Wednesday’s press conference that if the U.S. had not withdrawn all troops from Iraq in 2011, “we may not have been where we are now,” — but noted the withdrawal was negotiated under President George W. Bush.
Since February, 2015, when U.S. President Barack Obama asked Congress for authorization to use military force against the Islamic State or ISIS, he has remained adamant that there would be no large-scale invasion by U.S. ground troops and any operations would be limited to three years.
Republican hopefuls vying for the 2016 U.S. Presidential election have been critical of the Obama Admistration’s handling of the war against ISIS, and are debating how they would handle the war against ISIS if elected. Republic party front runner, Donald Trump said if he is elected U.S. President — he would put boots on the ground. In a recent interview Trump said:
“I would knock the hell out of them, but I’d put a ring around it and I’d take the oil for our country.”