The latest on Iraq’s instability in Mosul, Baghdad, Kirkuk, Falluja: President Barack Obama today said there is no military solution for the current crisis in Iraq if the Iraqi government fails to address sectarian difference, promote country-wide stability and build capacity of effective security forces. Obama says he will review recommendations from his national security team is the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Associated Press reports that Iraq police officials say Sunni militants entered two newly conquered towns in Diyala Province - about 70 miles north of Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers abandoned their posts without any resistance.
What action can be taken by the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki? Will President Obama consider airstrikes?
Eric Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University and past director of the University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies; His blog is “The New Middle East”
Hillary Mann Leverett, Professor at American University's School of International Service; Co-author “Going to Tehran;” formerly served at the National Security Council and State Department