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Mixed reactions from Baghdad residents on U.S. involvement

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 - 01:34

Baghdad residents say they are desperate for a solution to the Islamist insurgency, but seem divided on the kind of support the U.S. should offer to Iraq. Gavino Garay reports.

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After the United States said it would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting the Islamic State if Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL -- mixed reactions from Baghdad residents. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI CITIZEN, AHMED, SAYING: "It cannot be solved through military intervention. It has to be solved through diplomatic and political channels. This is our message to Obama. We say to him that we do not want him to say that he would send reinforcements or an aircraft carrier. This cannot help us. The situation in Iraq is very critical and it needs quick solutions." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQI CITIZEN, QASSIM HASHIM, SAYING: "We hoped for such a stand. It is the American forces' duty to protect the Iraqi people and its institutions as stipulated in the Strategic Framework Agreement." Meanwhile, a group of Sunni tribal leaders of north Baghdad vowed to cooperate with Iraqi armed forces in this video released by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. They're condemning ISIL and calling for unity. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED TRIBAL SHEIKH, SAYING: "We have to stand united with our people, our government and our heroic army. The army cannot achieve victory if there is no cooperation and unity among tribes." U.S. President Barack Obama has said that U.S. intelligence gathering over Iraq had increased in recent days. He also said he would consider military strikes if necessary, but that the Iraqi government must take steps to resolve the political rift among Sunnis and Shi'ites.

Mixed reactions from Baghdad residents on U.S. involvement

Friday, Jun 20, 2014 - 01:34

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