Obama Will Send Military Advisers To Iraq, Vows No Return To Combat

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2014) President Barack Obama announced Thursday he’ll send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq and said the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions, but reiterated that the U.S. will not return to a combat role.

He said the U.S. is forming joint operations centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq and said the U.S. has increased its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Iraq to better understand the threats to Baghdad posed by extremist militants.

He told reporters Thursday, however, that it’s going to be difficult for the current Iraqi government to resolve the country's crisis unless the government is more inclusive.

Mr. Obama stopped short of calling for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to resign, saying it's not the job of the U.S. to choose Iraq's leaders, but he said whoever is prime minister must make sure all sectarian groups feel they can advance their interest through the political process.


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