Sunni militants are advancing on Baghdad

June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Good morning:

Sunni militants who call themselves the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are advancing on Baghdad with little opposition to stop them. CNN is reporting that Iraqi troops we armed and trained have melted away after abandoning their weapons and uniforms.

ISIS has already seized Mosul, Tikrit and Baiji

Meanwhile, everyone wonders what will our commander-in-chief do?

The devastating militant advance, which had been building for some time, is proving an object lesson of much that is wrong in Iraq and the region — growing sectarian tensions at home and a festering civil war over the border in Syria.

It also shows that extremists can strike swiftly and effectively against Iraq’s American-trained security forces.

It came as little surprise when Iraq indicated a willingness Wednesday for the U.S. military to conduct airstrikes against the radical Islamist militants.

Washington has provided $15 billion in training, weapons and equipment to the Iraqi government.

But U.S. officials said the situation is “extremely urgent” and the United States is looking to see what more support it can provide Iraq.

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