WASHINGTON – As the final withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan gets closer, a few Republican senators say now is not the time.
Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor to talk about the events in Iraq.
McCain said, “The Taliban is still alive and well. Because of the president of the United States declares a conflict over does not mean in the eyes of the enemy that it’s over. Conflicts end when the enemy is defeated.”
He added, “It is not too late, but we’ve got to have a dramatic reversal of course before the situation gets to the point where, as the director of national intelligence has stated, that this will be an area where attacks on the United States of America will be orchestrated.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “The people who are beginning to win the day on the battlefield come from all over and they truly are radical Islamists who would put the world in darkness if they could. And the next 9/11 is in the making as I speak.”
In just days, the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) took control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, and Tikrit.
Dozens of members of a police special forces battalion were paraded before a crowd after they were captured by fighters who overran their base.
They were surrounded by armed men before being herded into pickup trucks.
Iraqi police say insurgents have also surrounded the Baiji Oil Refinery in northern Iraq.
The refinery is the largest in the country.
Now, fighters are about an hour’s drive from Baghdad.