December 19, 2014
Obama says American forces would not return to Iraq, sends military advisers
President Barack Obama said today the United States was ready to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq and was prepared to make targeted strikes in the country to combat an extremist insurgency.
Obama said American forces would not be returning to combat in Iraq. He said Secretary of State John Kerry would leave this weekend for meetings in the Middle East and Europe.
Obama urged Iraq leaders to rise above their differences and come together for a political solution to the crisis.
The US leader also stated Iran can play a constructive role in Iraq if it follows the US lead in pressing for all sides within Iraq to be respected and that the United States had pressed Iran not to encourage steps that would lead to civil war within Iraq.