Wednesday, September 3, 2014   

Petraeus against US air strikes in Iraq
(06-19 16:24)

The man who led the US troop surge that preceded Washington's exit from Iraq after a costly eight-year war says there should be no going back, even with air strikes.
The comments from General David Petraeus, who commanded US troops in Mosul -- Iraq's second city which fell to jihadists last week -- during a long military and intelligence career, came as the Shiite-led government in Baghdad formally asked for air support.
Petraeus warned that Washington risked becoming an ''air force for Shiite militias,'' if it agreed to the request for support from Shiite prime minister Nuri al-Maliki, after the militants swept down from Mosul through a swathe of mainly Sunni Arab territory north of Baghdad.
The former top general and Central Intelligence Agency chief said there needed to be a radical change of politics in Baghdad to reflect Iraq's multi-confessional, multi-ethnic make-up before any possibility of renewed US intervention should be considered.--AFP
   
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