U.S. Military Advisers Arrive in Iraq
Roughly half of the 300 advisers promised to Iraq to help quash sectarian violence have arrived, and some are already on the front lines assessing Iraqi troops. U.S. aircraft are conducting surveillance flights each day, but they couldn’t have anticipated the latest surprise: Syrian bombers are suspected of striking Sunni targets inside Iraq. The move, coupled with reports of Iranian interventions on behalf of Iraq’s government, could signal a broadening of the conflict. Both Iran and Syria have opposed U.S. involvement in the crisis.