Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for the massive prison break in Abu Ghraib outside of Baghdad.
"It's the result of our failure to leave a residual force behind. The whole place is unraveling," McCain says. "We won the peace and lost the war. It is really tragic. And those people who are out of Abu Ghraib now, they are heading right to Syria."
Sunday night, al-Qaida aided 500 prisoners in escaping from the prison when suicide bombers rolled up to the entry gate and militants rushed into the prison armed with mortars and grenades.
The attack came as the country becomes increasingly more unstable. In the 10 days prior to the prison break, 250 Iraqi civilians were killed. Iraq Body Count, a group that keeps track of human rights atrocities in the country observed that Iraqis are increasingly getting caught in the middle of violence caused by terrorist cells.
Many Republicans, including McCain, have been critical of the Obama administration's quick drawdown of the Iraqi forces and warned that leaving the country too soon and abandoning crumbling infrastructure could make the country vulnerable to being taken over by terrorists.
"This attack is also an indication that al-Qaida is making a strong comeback in Iraq," McCain says. "The whole region is erupting into chaos because of a total lack of American leadership."