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US: Arab Nations Needed in Iraq, Syria 09/21 10:14

   The still-evolving military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by 
the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several 
directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, 
the top American military officer said Sunday.

   ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The still-evolving military campaign plan to retake 
Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the 
extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on 
getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

   "We want them to wake up every day realizing that they are being squeezed 
from multiple directions," Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint 
Chiefs of Staff, told reporters, referring to the Islamic State group, which 
also is known by the acronyms ISIL and ISIS.

   "If we can get ISIL looking in about five different directions, that's the 
desired end state," he added in an interview with reporters traveling with him 
to Croatia from Lithuania, where he attended a NATO meeting.

   Dempsey stressed the importance of gaining more Arab participation in the 
U.S.-led coalition. He called that a prerequisite for President Barack Obama's 
approval of the military campaign plan. Obama was briefed on the plan last week 
but has not yet okayed it.

   Obama's signature on the plan would move the campaign into a new phase, 
Dempsey said, enabled by a larger number of coalition aircraft and improved 
prospects for rebuilding key elements of the Iraqi army.

   Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq on Aug. 8, and earlier this month 
he announced a broader effort linked to the formation of a more inclusive 
government in Baghdad. That plan includes the prospect of U.S. airstrikes in 
neighboring Syria, but Dempsey has said the Pentagon's first priority is 
pushing the military campaign in Iraq.

   A number of Arab countries, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia, have said 
they support the U.S. effort but have not publicly committed to taking any 
offensive role in Iraq.

   Having more Arab countries involved would make the Iraq campaign more 
sustainable and "more credible --- that is to say, this is not just about the 
United States; this is a regional and even an international issue," Dempsey 
said.

   Over time, Iraqi security forces and Kurdish militia should be able to 
capitalize on coalition airstrikes by executing offensive ground operations to 
retake territory now under Islamic State group control, the general said. This 
already has begun with limited Iraqi advances in Babil province south of 
Baghdad, Dempsey said, where he said the extremists have been marshalling their 
forces.

   Without mentioning specific provinces or towns, the U.S. in recent days has 
announced airstrikes on areas south of the Iraqi capital. On Saturday, for 
example, it said one strike southwest of Baghdad destroyed an Islamic State 
group boat ferrying supplies across the Euphrates River. And on Friday it said 
it hit a small Islamic State group ground unit southwest of Baghdad. 


(KA)


 
 
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