GOP senator calls for probe into U.S. military’s role in Iraq and Syria conflict
In an unusual step, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is calling for an investigation into the U.N. weapons program that led to the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians and wounded thousands more in Iraq.
The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Tuesday to hold hearings on whether the U,S.
government authorized the use of U.F.O.s to hit U.W. troops in Fallujah, the capital of Anbar province, and the city of Ramadi, where the UMWC and other groups were conducting operations against the Islamic State group.
“We must find out what went wrong, and if we didn’t do everything we were supposed to do, we will find out who is responsible,” Graham told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
“If we don’t get answers, then I’m going to call a special hearing, which I am sure will be quite long.”
Graham, a former Navy SEAL and former prosecutor, said he plans to ask the secretary of defense, James Mattis, and CIA director John Brennan to testify before the committee.
Graham said the UAW and other military unions were “not allowed to participate in the Uprising, because we did not receive authorization from the president, and it was a violation of international law.”
He also called for the UWCC to file a complaint with the Department of Justice.
The UAW has already filed a complaint against the U.,S.
over its participation in the strikes.
The UAW’s national president, Karen Lewis, also said the union had requested the special hearings to examine the legality of the U-turn, and whether U.M.C.I.A. activities constituted war crimes.
The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, which is representing U.U.W.’s members, was not immediately available for comment.
But in an op-ed for the Washington Post, Lewis defended the UWA’s support of the strikes, arguing that they were necessary to protect civilians.
“These strikes were necessary, and we supported them,” Lewis wrote.
“I believe we were the first to stand up to a terrorist group who threatened the lives of our men and women in uniform, and now we have to make sure we can do the same for civilians in Iraq, too.”