US House speaker calls for additional aid to Iraqi forces

"We need to get equipment to the Iraqis and other services that would help them battle this counterterorrism effort that they're attempting to do," said US Speaker of the House John Boehner.

US House speaker calls for additional aid to Iraqi forces

World Bulletin / News Desk

US Speaker of the House John Boehner on Thursday said that the US should further aid the Iraqi military in its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), but stopped short of saying that US troops should be sent to Iraq.

"We need to get equipment to the Iraqis and other services that would help them battle this counterterrorism effort that they're attempting to do. There are things that we can do to help the Iraqis that do not involve putting US troops on the ground," said Boehner while speaking to the press.

The speaker also called for US President Barack Obama to "take a more active role in dealing with the issues in Iraq", without specifying exactly what steps the American president might take.

The administration has accelerated shipments of Hellfire missiles to Iraq with delivery expected as early as this spring, and has said that it plans to ship additional unmanned surveillance aircraft to Iraq later this year.

Additionally, Boehner claimed that Obama delegated his responsibilities on Iraq to US Vice President Joe Biden, a claim refuted by the White House.

"The president is very engaged in this effort and he spends, as we discussed yesterday, quite a bit of time with the vice president talking about national security matters, including, a lot lately, Iraq," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Thursday.

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