Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America

Jewish War Veterans of the USA Commends Decision to Keep American Troops out of Iraq

Winter 2014

Washington, DC – The Jewish War Veterans of the USA (JWV) supports the Obama Administration's decision to keep American troops out of Iraq in the wake of al-Qaeda forces seizing the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

Last week, militant forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an offshoot of al-Qaeda which has been exerting influence in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, took over the two cities located in Anbar province. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has urged residents of these cities to expel militants as they prepare to launch an offensive in the region.

U.S. military forces left Iraq in 2011 and deciding to intervene with troops on the ground in Iraq's most recent conflict would be a mistake. JWV fully supports the Administration's choice to provide assistance to Iraq's government and military as they work to combat these extremist forces. However, as Secretary of State John Kerry said, “this is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis.”

About Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America
Founded in 1896, the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America is one of oldest active veterans’ organizations in America. JWV is dedicated to upholding America’s democratic traditions and fighting bigotry, prejudice, injustice, and discrimination of all kinds. As a national organization, JWV represents the voice of America’s Jewish veterans on issues related to veterans’ benefits, foreign policy, and national security. JWV also commits itself to the assistance of oppressed Jews worldwide.

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