The Iraqi government has asked for US air support to help counter Sunni militant group Isis, the top US military officer has confirmed at a congressional hearing today.
Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee: "we have a request from the Iraqi government for air power" to counter Isis insurgents, but he did not say exactly when the request was made.
Asked whether the US should honor that request, Dempsey responded indirectly, saying: "It is in our national security interest to counter Isil wherever we find them."
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."