Lawmakers urge administration to focus on what comes after Mosul
by Jacqueline Klimas
Lawmakers emphasized the importance of retaking Mosul as the battle got underway on Monday, but criticized the administration for not having a plan once the city is back under Iraqi control.
… Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., and another member of the House Armed Services Committee, also said the lack of a long-term plan has created a vacuum that allows actors other than the U.S. to influence the region.
“The battle to retake Mosul is critical to defeating the Islamic State, but I am concerned the continued absence of U.S. leadership in the fight against ISIS has opened the door for Iran and Turkey to further destabilize Iraq and worsen sectarian fighting,” Walorski said. “That is why I am once again calling on the president to provide a comprehensive, long-term strategy to defeat ISIS and put the region on a path toward peace, security and stability.”
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