Obama to send weapons for the Pesh­merga

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

As the White House an­nounced it would send up to 450 troops to help ad­vice Iraqi sol­diers, some House Democrats saw sim­i­lar­i­ties to Viet­nam.

"This is ex­actly how Viet­nam started," Rep. Char­lie Ran­gel told re­porters Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

"And if you don't think you're putting them in harm's way, you're not liv­ing in the real world," the New York Demo­crat said.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced Wed­nes­day plans to send around 450 more U.S. forces to Iraq to train the coun­try's troops -and po­ten­tially Sunni tribes as well, the White House con­firmed Wed­nes­day.

Obama's ad­min­is­tra­tion is plan­ning to train Sunni tribes' fight­ers as part of its move to send ad­di­tional U.S. forces to Iraq. The United States is also send­ing weapons to Sunni and Shia tribes, as well as the Kur­dish Pesh­merga fight­ers, who are op­er­at­ing un­der Iraqi com­mand, in or­der to fight the Is­lamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The hope, an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said, is that a new "Sunni upris­ing" sim­i­lar to one that took place in 2013 will oc­cur - - but this time, aimed at Is­lamic State fight­ers.

"This is de­signed to fo­cus on train­ing the Sun­nis," the of­fi­cial said.

The ad­di­tional U.S. mil­i­tary per­son­nel will train and ad­vise Iraqi and tribal troops at the Taqad­dum mil­i­tary base in eastern An­bar province.

Sunni fight­ers will con­tinue with the stan­dard prac­tice of un­der­go­ing a se­cu­rity re­view by the Iraq's be­fore they are per­mit­ted to join, to en­sure they do not have loy­al­ties to ISIS, the of­fi­cial said.

Ran­gel, though, said it's "not only un­con­sti­tu­tional, but it's im­moral" to send more U.S. forces to join the 3,050 al­ready in Iraq with­out Congress declar­ing war.

Demo­cratic Rep. Jose Ser­rano of New York also com­pared Obama's latest plan to Viet­nam, say­ing that he re­mem­bers "ad­vis­ers" be­ing sent there, too.

"I re­mem­ber when I said 'we need to get out of Iraq,' peo­ple told me it was go­ing to be a mess," he said. "It's go­ing to be a mess no mat­ter what."

But Obama's plan won some praise from Repub­li­can Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illi­nois, an Iraq War vet­eran, though he wor­ried Wed­nes­day that the Pres­i­dent isn't send­ing enough ad­di­tional troops to the re­gion to com­bat ISIS.

"This may be a good plan. I think it's a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment. But at the end of the day, I'm afraid it's still go­ing to take much more of an Amer­i­can in­volve­ment than (Obama) likes to ad­mit," Kinzinger said.

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