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Barack Obama's statement on the current situation in Iraq

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by Joseph Earnest June 20, 2014   


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe President has announced some additional steps that will be taken to include creating joint operation centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq that can facilitate our coordination with Iraqi security forces.  Also, a decision has been made to send an additional number of American military advisors up to 300, who can help provide an additional assessment of how to train, advise, and support the Iraqi security forces. 

Obama emphasized that while the fate of Iraq hangs in the balance, sending in US combat troops is not an option.

"American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again. We do not have the ability to simply solve this problem by sending in tens of thousands of troops and committing the kinds of blood and treasure that has already been expended in Iraq," the president said.

He also stressed the need for an inclusive partnership among Sunnis, Shia and Kurds to effectively stomp out terrorist threats and avoid a "whack-a-mole" situation.

When asked about Iran's potential involvement he responded:

"Iran can play a constructive role if it is helping to send the same message to the Iraqi government that we're sending. That Iraq only holds together if it's inclusive. If Iran is coming in solely as an armed force on behalf of the Shia...then that probably worsens the situation."


The US will lead diplomatic efforts to support political stability involving all the stakeholders in Iraq. Iraqi leaders have been urged to come together around a political plan that gives everyone confidence in the political process rather than violence.       Add Comments>>










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