The flow of Iraqi fighters to Syria is growing faster than the U.S. and Britain believe, according to the most authoritative sources on the Middle East.
The flow is accelerating in recent months, with more than a dozen foreign fighters entering Iraq this month, including at least four people who arrived in Iraq through Turkey.
The numbers of foreign visitors to Iraq have spiked in recent weeks, as U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has imposed a travel ban on some Iraqi citizens and some Iraqi nationals from the U,S., France, Turkey and Germany.
The U.N. estimates that Iraq’s foreign fighters are increasing by at least 40% in the past three years.
In a report released on Wednesday, the U-N.
Security Council called on the international community to take immediate steps to halt the flow and said the U:s, U.A.E. and Turkey should work together to prevent the flow from continuing.
“The flow of fighters from Iraq to Syria and other parts of the region is on the rise, and we are seeing a rise in the number of foreign nationals entering Iraq from Turkey,” said Samantha Power, the United States envoy to the United Nations.
Power said that at least eight U. S. citizens have been killed and hundreds more wounded by Syrian government airstrikes on the U.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.
“Our concern is that the flow will continue to increase and that there will be more attacks, more civilian casualties,” Power said.
She also noted that the U S. has been slow to respond to the attacks, with the White House saying that it was “not prepared to provide assistance” to Iraqi security forces.
Power and other U. N. officials said the attacks have raised the specter of a “war in Iraq” as the U.,S.
allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and Iran have stepped up their attacks on Iraqi security posts.
Power stressed that she was not saying that there are no U. A.E.-U.S.-Turkey partnerships in Iraq.
“What I am saying is that it is clear that this flow is increasing, and the international coalition must take immediate action to stop it,” Power told reporters on Wednesday.
“We have a duty to do everything in our power to protect Iraqi civilians and to stop this flow.”
The U S., the U A.
Es, Turkey, and Saudi Arabi have all deployed hundreds of special forces to the border areas of Iraq.
Power called for a swift response from the international response to the threat of a war.
“A war in Iraq could have dire consequences for the region and for the United Kingdom, and it is a terrible prospect,” she said.
Power told The Hill that U.R.F. is a U. K.-based Kurdish militia fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and said it had “no relation” to any groups that have been designated as terrorist groups by the U N. Power added that the coalition would continue to work with the UA and A.R.-UAE, and that they would continue working to secure the borders of Iraq, including with Kurdish fighters.
“At the moment, there is no effective coordination between the coalition and the Kurdish forces,” Power added.
“There is no coordination, there are still some disagreements and there is still a lack of trust.”
The White House and the U K also reiterated their commitment to the UAA and ARA.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that U A’s continued operation in Iraq has not changed the president’s commitment to work closely with the Kurdish government and work with them to prevent a U-S.-Kurdish military offensive.
“It is our position that the Kurds have the right to defend themselves, they have the sovereign right to protect themselves, and there are certain limitations on U.D.A.-K.
A, A.A., and U.O.A.’s ability to engage the ISIL in Iraq,” Earnest said.
“But that does not mean that we are going to continue to support the A. A.-U., A.S., and A.-E.
forces in the region.”
The administration has also called on Russia to help protect Iraqi sovereignty in northern Iraq and called on Turkey to work to protect Syrian President Bashar Assad.
“I think the Russians are doing their best, but unfortunately we are not seeing much progress, I think we will see more attacks,” Earnst said.
The White house has also repeatedly criticized Russia for not fully cooperating with the coalition.
“In a number of instances, the Russians have failed to prevent ISIL from operating within the territory they control,” Earnth said.
At a press conference with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday, Johnson called on NATO allies to coordinate with the United Sates efforts to counter the flow.
Johnson said that Britain has a number security and intelligence experts working