U.S. Sen Jack Reed, D-R.I., supports President Barack Obama’s military air strikes against Islamic militants in Iraq.
In a statement, Reed, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that while he supports the president’s current air strike policy, he does not back sending ground troops back into Iraq for a extended period.
In a statement, Reed said, ``I support the president’s decision to deliver humanitarian aid to religious minorities in northern Iraq and to take strategic, precision air strikes on selective targets that will degrade ISIS, but more importantly protect our American personnel and interests in the area.’’
Reed added, ``As one of only 23 senators who opposed the war in Iraq, I do not believe this should be an extended campaign involving U.S. ground troops. These strikes are designed to allow the Iraqis to re-establish their military forces and push back against the brutality of ISIS militants who have threatened the lives of thousands of stranded Iraqi civilians.’’