29 Jun '14, 3pm

Dempsey Says Iraqi National Unity Needed to Counter #ISIL:

Dempsey: Iraqi National Unity Needed to Counter ISIL By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 29, 2014 – The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Public Radio Friday. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said it is clearly to America's advantage to oppose ISIL. American teams now in Iraq are looking at the threat posed by ISIL and the means Iraq has to oppose that threat, he added. ISIL is a trans-regional terror organization that originated in Syria and now controls large portions of Northern and Western Iraq. Iraqi security forces in those areas collapsed and did not confront the extremist threat. “It’s in our national interest to begin to think through how to counter that threat,” Dempsey said. To do so, the United States ne...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122567

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