Sen. Chris Murphy: limit scope of Iraq campaign

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn., praised the decision by the Obama Administration to airlift emergency aid, food and water, to thousands of Iraqis who have fled to the mountains to escape advancing Islamic extremists.

Murphy said, “This clearly is a humanitarian imperative right now. We’ve got people trapped on the hill who are threatened with extinction and the United States is right to come to their aid.”

But the Democrat is not as resolute about the other phase of today’s military action: the U.S. airstrikes targeting Sunni extremists who are moving towards the city of Erbil, where America has both diplomatic and military personnel on the ground. “The President is doing this to protect our personnel there, but a lot of us are going to worry that this will escalate into a much bigger U.S.-involvement that’s really about playing favorites in a conflict between Shiite and Sunni. That’s a dangerous game to get into for the United States,” he said.

In an official statement, Murphy also said Americans will not support a new, open-ended military campaign in Iraq, adding that the President needs to better explain how this intervention is strictly time- and scope-limited.

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