Congressman Boustany weighs in on crisis in Iraq - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Congressman Boustany weighs in on crisis in Iraq

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Concerns continue to grow in Baghdad as the Sunni militant group ISIS continues to gain ground in Iraq.

"It's a very dangerous situation," said Rep. Charles Boustany, (R) Louisiana.

While U.S. combat troops have exited Iraq, there's little they can do to help on the ground. Boustany blames the Obama administration for the poor exit strategy and said the Iraqi troops aren't ready to take control.

"Their troops are inadequately trained and we are seeing that now. The options are going to be tough right now. We are trying to help Iraq secure this because it's a regional issue now with Syria and all these terrorists groups that are operating in no man's land in Syria and the western part of Iraq," said Boustany.

As the world now watches and waits for the next move, Boustany said this is an international threat - one America can't fight on its on.

"We need some cooperation from surrounding countries - Turkey being one, and likely Iran. Even though we have had a very bad relationship with Iran over many, many years - this is where we do have a shared interest to see stability. Hopefully we can come to an agreement and there are negotiations underway and ongoing right now," said Boustany.

Boustany said there are several other options on the table, all of which are being explored to minimize the violence and restore stability to the region.

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