As civil strife continues to rage in Iraq, many speculated that the United States may plan to return to Iraq to fight the ISIS extremist group.
In an interview with With Andrea Mitchell of NBC, US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the issue by saying that the US is helpful with respect to planning, advising, some training and assisting to counter the raging violence in Iraq.
The Americans are not present in Irag to fight. In fact, Secretary Kerry said President Obama has no intention whatsoever of returning American combat troops to Iraq to go back to where we were.
“That’s not in the cards.” – Secretary Kerry
Secretary Kerry explained that Americans are visiting Iraq for the reason to assess the capabilities of the Iraqi military, what is the situation on the ground, what is ISIS, how much of it is there, and all the different options with respect to what can be done about them.
ISIS Insurgents Sow Terror in Iraq
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham or ISIS carried out a savage massacre in four villages in Iraq, killing 40 people.
According to reports, more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since the start of violence earlier this month in Iraq.
The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) attacked villages and fired on fleeing civilians. The militants were armed with machine guns and waving the black flag of ISIS.
In addition, the ISIS militants continue to bring terror in the northern province of Tikrit and the Sunni village of Al Alam earlier this month as well.
The rebel fighters belong to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
The recent terroristic moves are not something new for ISIS – the group is known for its insurgency operations in Nineveh and other provinces.
Mosul is the second city to be seized by ISIS militants this year. The Iraqi government lost control of Fallujah earlier this year.
With the raging aggression in Mosul, the International Organization for Migration estimates that the number of people displaced by violence in Mosul and surrounding areas of Ninewa governorate in recent days may have reached 500,000.