CHICAGO (CBS) — As extremist militants tightened their grip on northern Iraq, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he believes President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task of ending the violence and protecting American interests, and needs to overhaul his national security team.
The militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has seized captures large swaths of northern Iraq, including Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. ISIS has posted graphic photos that appeared to show its fighters massacring dozens of captured Iraqi soldiers. The group claims to h ave killed more than 1,700 captured Iraqi soldiers.
The U.S. has begun evacuating personnel from its embassy in Baghdad, with ISIS threatening to attack the Iraqi capital.
“I’m very concerned now that Iraq is turning into a modern version of Cambodia, with mass executions, and ISIS killing hundreds of people,” Kirk said Monday. “I’m very worried that the President doesn’t appear to be up to this job of protecting the United States. … If Iraq turns into a Cambodia-style killing field, then the U.S. will have a real big problem.”