The militant group that has taken control of some key cities in Iraq says it will start implementing its strict version of Islamic law in Mosul and other areas it now controls. It says women should stay in their homes for reasons of modesty, and that thieves will have their hands cut off. And it's telling Sunni members of the military and police to abandon their posts and "repent" -- or else "face only death."
Video that's been posted online today shows some residents of the Iraqi city of Tikrit (tih-KREET') celebrating the city's takeover by militants from the al-Qaida-inspired group.
The group is vowing to march on to Baghdad. But the capital doesn't appear to be in imminent danger of a similar assault. Baghdad would be a much harder target for the militants because of its large Shiite population. So far, fighters from the group have stuck to the Sunni heartland.
President Obama said Thursday that Iraq will need additional assistance from the U.S. to push back the insurgency, however, he did not elaborate on what assistance he is willing to provide.
The President did say the White House has not ruled anything out. He said he is watching the situation in Iraq with concern and wants to ensure that jihadists don't get a foothold.
House Speaker John Boehner says the U.S. still has vital interests in Iraq and that progress is clearly in jeopardy. He accused the president of "taking a nap" as terrorists capture Iraqi cities and move toward the capitol.
He says President Obama's focus should be on completing the U.S. mission there and says the president should get engaged before it is too late. He says the U.S. should provide equipment and technical assistance to the beleaguered Iraqi government.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked his parliament to declare a state of emergency that would give him increased powers, but the lawmakers have not done so.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.