Obama holds off on Iraq airstrike; PH weighs forced repatriation of Pinoys in region

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

June 18, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama has reportedly decided against conducting air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.

The President reportedly plans to try other tactics first, like pushing Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Maliki to make his Shiite-dominant government more inclusive.

The rebel group has further occupied towns in and around Baghdad, alarming the US which has deployed close to 300 armed soldiers to protect US assets in the area.

Meantime, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says it is monitoring the situation there and considering raising the crisis alert level to 4, the highest, which requires mandatory repatriation of Filipinos in Iraq.

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  • Mario
    18 June 2014 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    In my opinion America should not get involved in this ancient religious fued between Shiite and Sunni. PH is predominantly Sunni,Obama’s root is a Sunni, and Valerie known as the little President is half Iranian, a Shiite. It is her dream to my opinion to unite US-Iran joint operation in Iraq. US military industrial complex armed the rebels, Al Quida to put down Assad of Syria. The rebel known as ISIS succeeded getting the half of Syria, instead of putting down Saad, they moved to take over half of Iraq with US supplied weapon. This Moslem religious fued started when Mohammad died, he did not appoint his replacement whether a Sunni or Shiite to lead the Moslem world. Until this time,they are killing its other. Iraq originally Sunni controlled under Sadam Hussien and US replace it with Shiite Prime Minister Al Maliki.Iran a Shiite had already send his Iran Republican guard to Iraq. If we are going to help Iraq, in the long run Iran will be the beneficiary.