Iraq’s lack of national unity in the fight against ISIS threatens to splinter the country into several parts, a defense expert and two members of Congress said Sunday.
“This is a terrorist problem that affects us, and we have to take a more forward-leaning posture,” said Michele Flournoy, who served as Defense Department under secretary of policy during President Barack Obama’s first term, on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“The truth is, ISIS is a threat not just in Iraq and Syria, it is a threat to us, particularly given the flow of foreign fighters,” she said.
Her comments come in the wake of an ISIS victory over Iraqi troops in the city of Ramadi last week. The development infuriated U.S. military members who had fought to take the city and led to a new round of concerns that the Iraqi army isn’t strong enough to handle the threat of ISIS.