As Iraq faces instability and violence as a result of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant's (ISIL) military gains, coupled with the growing sectarian divisions within Iraqi society, the Arab American Institute (AAI) continues to support U.S. policies that secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq and a stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions.
Long term peace and security in Iraq can only be achieved through political reform and national reconciliation and an inclusive government that represents all Iraqis; a challenge the Iraqis themselves must face. The U.S. should seek to promote key policy recommendations , such as empowering the Iraqi people to create more effective response forces from existing Kurdish and Iraqi armies, while demonstrating a commitment to diplomatic engagement, is also necessary.
Further, the U.S. should seek to improve the humanitarian crisis facing vulnerable communities, refugees and internally displaced persons by creating safe zones and protected areas, providing aid and assistance, and attracting international support for Iraqi reconstruction efforts. It is also important that the United States increase resettlement efforts and policies for displaced Iraqis, refugees, and U.S.-allied Iraqis who helped U.S. forces during their mission in Iraq.
AAI strongly endorses policies aiming to secure the unity, territorial integrity and sovereignty of Iraq; support reconciliation among Iraq’s sectarian groups that will bring about stable, democratic governance based on tolerance, transparency, and respect for liberal institutions; prevent the spread of violence, genocide or an ISIL safe haven in Iraq; and provide financial support for Iraq’s reconstruction and development.
The Arab American Institute joins the growing calls for Congress to debate and vote on whether to authorize the use of force against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria. Under the Constitution, Congress holds the power to authorize war powers. AAI strongly believes in the ability of the country's elected officials to debate and decide military action currently underway in both Syria and Iraq.
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