As tensions grow in Iraq, the U.S. is taking action. President Barack Obama has sent almost 300 military advisors to Iraq to protect U.S. embassies and interests. Now, a top Shiite leader in Iraq is calling for his president and Sunni extremists to step down. As the U.S. considers further options in calming the insurgents, our Navy force is ready to assist in any move.
Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, says, “We give the President options. We've got a carrier, we've got a cruiser, we've got a destroyer in the Arabian Gulf, depending on the decisions that the President makes, but we will meet any mission that the President of the country gives us.” Iran has sent a small number of forces into Iraq and may work with the U.S. and United Nations in future actions.