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Dempsey: US careful in Iraq airstrikes to avoid civilian casualties

By RÛDAW 9/3/2015
AFP File Photo: Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.
AFP File Photo: Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Chairman of the US Joint Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said in Baghdad Monday that the US-led coalition is being careful in its use of airstrikes in order to avoid civilian casualties.

In a news conference with Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi in the Iraqi capital, he said the US does not want to inflict additional suffering on the Iraqi people as it continues to target Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

Prior to arriving in Baghdad, Dempsey said that Iraq’s Shiite-dominated government should deliver on its promise to reconcile the Sunni’s large Sunni minority.

Dempsey also met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and senior US officials during his brief visit.

With reporting from Associated Press

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Minimalist Approach | 9/3/2015
Actually both his wording and mission are being limited by the White House minimalist approache to the IS threat. Obama declared that he has no strategy and he would only try to "contain" the IS.The Obama administration is scared and left without real options.Therefore it has allowed Iran to dominate the scene both in Iraq and Syria. Is this how to deal with the enemy ?.
Mo | 9/3/2015
They're spinning the story, what's happened is the Iranians have instructed Baghdad to get rid of the Americans, all of it, the air support, bases, training etc. and now the Americans are doing damage control, trying to save face. Fist they claimed Baghdad is not requesting more air support, now they're claiming that they want to "avoid civilian casualties", they have no such concerns in Syria or Yemen or Afghanistan. A month ago the Pentagon and the administration declared that they were planing to send additional advisers, special forces and around 4000 marines to Iraq, this past week they've changed their tone completely, even today Dempsey said Iraq "doesn't need" more US trainers or advisories.
FAUthman | 9/3/2015
The U.S. is committed to provide about 4500 trainers and advisors for 9 Iraqi brigades, and 3 Peshmerga brigades. There have been no reports that Obama has reneged on this commitment. Gen. Dempsey may be saying Iraq needs no more U.S. trainers beyond these numbers who may be already in Iraq and Kurdistan ( We know they are there on the Al Assad Base in Anbar for example since they were threatened by ISIS controlling Baghdad, the city next door ). All indications are there is close coordinating between the U.S. Al-Abadi and the Kurds, may be even the Iranians. Furthermore to coordinate the air activity wit the ground campaign, you need FACs ( forward air controllers) on the ground and most likely U.S. Special Forces are doing that. You can speculate all you want about Iran. U.S. and everybody else in this war but only the reality on the ground and the observed overall general direction trends shaping the war that matter.
FAUthman | 9/3/2015
  "Iraqi troops don`t show up for training", U.S. Gen Dempsey says. There are 2500 U.S trainers there waiting for troops that often don't show up. The war is fought by the militia anyway. "So what is the point in training", the Iraqi troops must have reasoned. These guys don`t want to die, just collect pay and go home like always. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dempsey-more-us-troops-wont-help-win-tikrit-iraq-troops-not-showing-up/?ftag=YHF4eb9d17
America Forced Out Of Iraq By Iran | 9/3/2015
General Dempsey tries to dissimulate the American retreat before the Iranian surge in Iraq.Iran is forcing America out of Iraq.This is the direct result of the wrong White House policies of clinging to the dead body of what was Iraq.America can not afford such an humilliation.It must go northwards where its true and brave friends the Kurds are.Lets defend ,together,the civilization and our common dear values in face of the barbarian Arabs and Iranians.
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