ST. LOUIS – On Monday afternoon President Obama announced he will send 275 American military personnel to Iraq. They'll provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Meantime, Iran is now consulting with Iraq on how to roll back the al-Qaida breakaway group that's been capturing some key Iraqi cities.
Earlier Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama Administration is also willing to talk to Iran, as both nations look for ways to stop the Iraqi insurgents.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri told NewsChannel 5 Monday morning that American air support is possible to stop what he calls a raging fire burning out of control.
"In all likelihood you have air power in conjunction with Iranian forces coming in and the Quds force on the ground. Who would have thought we'd get in a situation where we'd be flying air support for the Iranian army, which Iran is our biggest concern in the region or was until we let this get totally out of control," said Blunt.
He says what's playing out in Iraq right now supports the idea that some U.S. Forces should have been left in place as a stabilizing force in the country.