President Obama privately told congressional leaders he didn't need permission from them to send approximately 300 additional soldier/advisors to help the Iraqi government battle ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) rebels before announcing the decision in a June 19 press conference.

With the chaos and terror currently engulfing Iraq, American advocates of a non-interventionist U.S. foreign policy can once again — unfortunately — say “I told you so.” The absurdity of Middle East policies pursued by the Bush and Obama administrations are once more on full display for the world to see. The fruits of variously backing dictators, deposing governments, arming terrorists, and putting U.S. forces all over the region are clear to see: death, destruction, instability, carnage, terrorism, extremism, murder, never-ending war, and more. Now, Obama wants to intervene in Iraq again — on the same side as the Iranian regime.

Pentagon officials have acknowledged there is no way to know the amount of American arms that have fallen into the hands of the Iraqi and Syrian militants now battling to overthrow the Baghdad regime.

In two separate drone strikes this week, 16 alleged "militants" were killed in Pakistan.

Following a week-long advance on the city, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) seized control of most of Mosul — a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province. With a population of one and three-quarter million, Mosul is Iraq’s second-largest city.

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