Transcript for Crisis in Iraq: Dwindling Power of the Iraq Army
The other developing headline out of Iraq where the militant group has captured four more towns in two days. In Baghdad the Iraqi forces with their own show of force. At this point it may be more symbolic than anything. Tonight here a revealing portrait of their dwindling power. Their tanks under fire and supply of missiles gone. Martha Raddatz standing by for us but first, ABC's hamish Macdonald on the urgent plea to America from the Iraqis. Reporter: The military is taking on Isis fighters here just north of Baghdad. Thousands of young Iraqis are lining up to join the fight. In just two days they claimed those four new towns. Part of the border is threatened they could grab key water supplies and damage the country's electricity grid. Iraq's government says it cannot win this fight alone. Isis has hit thousands of tanks. The foreign minister telling ABC news 300 American military advisors won't fix this. Air strikes are what's needed. Why should they come back and do it again? Because they have a political moral obligations we have an agreement with the Americans after they left, which I signed called the strategic agreement saying whenever the new Iraqi democratic government is threatened, America is ready to help. Reporter: Secretary of state John Kerry tonight is in the region wanting a political solution. There were calls to replace the prime minister with someone who can unite the populations. But it's not just the Iraqis who want president Obama to do more. Former vice president dick Cheney said on this week he does too. One of the things I worry about is there'll be another 9/11 attack and the next time it will be with weapons far deadlier. Than airline tickets and box cutters. Reporter: Some believe Isis is like Al Qaeda on steroids and its leader has ambitions to outdo bin laden. As complicated as the picture is, the bad news for the united States is it could still get much worse. Thank you. I want to bring in Martha Raddatz in Baghdad. You heard the Iraqi government saying it's out of missiles, their tanks have been hit and the 300 military advisors, the special forces president Obama is now sending in aren't enough. What next? Reporter: Well, the U.S. Is going to try to get more fire missiles here as soon as possible and the U.S. Seems quite satisfied with these 300 military advisors but the Iraqis are basically pleading with the U.S. To do more. What they want is air strikes, air strikes are very, very difficult certainly in an urban environment where a lot of these Isis fighters are. I would not rule out the possibility that the U.S. Strikes in a remote area if they can get a supply line, weapons coming in from Syria. Now that that border is taken by the Isis fighters is controlled by the Isis fighters, would not rule out some sort of air strike if they can carefully target those areas. Thank you. Back here at home. Into the puzzling case in California. The firefighter missing for nine
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