Refugees fleeing Thursday from Mosul headed to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region in Irbil, Iraq, 217 miles north of Baghdad.
What is happening?
What’s the deal with the militant group?
What do they want?
Who is the person in charge?
How is the Iraqi government fighting back?
"No soldier is ready to fire a shot against the gunmen.""No soldier is ready to fire a shot against the gunmen."
Americans aren't giving rebels in Syria Humvees but rebels in Iraq might take American Humvees to Syria pic.twitter.com/5lBX07UG3L— Hayder al-Khoei (@Hayder_alKhoei) June 12, 2014
Baghdad is the seat of Shia power and the access gate for mostly Shia Southern area. Army won't vacate checkpoints and bridges like in Mosul— Daniele Raineri (@DanieleRaineri) June 12, 2014
Will Baghdad fall?
Is the U.S. involved?
"We can't do it for them," Obama said. "This should be a wake-up call."
The United States strongly condemns the recent attacks in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). We offer our condolences to the families of those killed and underscore our commitment to assist the Iraqi people as they confront the threat that ISIL poses to Iraq and the region. ISIL’s recent actions in Mosul and surrounding areas demonstrate once again that these extremists seek nothing but death and destruction. The United States will stand with Iraqi leaders across the political spectrum as they forge the national unity necessary to succeed in the fight against ISIL. We will work with Congress to support the new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund, which will provide flexibility and resources to help Iraq respond to emerging needs as the terrorist threat from ISIL continues to evolve. Under the Strategic Framework Agreement, we will also continue to provide, and as required increase, assistance to the Government of Iraq to help build Iraq’s capacity to effectively and sustainably stop ISIL’s efforts to wreak havoc in Iraq and the region.