President Obama says U.S. ready to take action in Iraq

Photo: CBS News

Photo: CBS News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama said the United States is prepared to help Iraqi forces take back their country.

The President said it is in the best interest of the United States there not be an all out civil war in Iraq for numerous reasons, “Above all, Iraqi leaders must rise above their differences and come together around a political plan for Iraq’s future.”

“American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” said Obama during a news conference from the White House.

The U.S. is prepared to send 300 military ‘advisers’ into Iraq.

President Obama said we are prepared to take, “targeted and precise military action” in Iraq, if needed.

Al Qaeda-aligned militants have toppled cities in the country’s north and threaten to take over  Baghdad.

Last week, President Obama said he did not plan to put boots on the grown in Iraq, but that has since changed.

The question now is will there be air strikes and how involved will the United States be?

The President said for there to be peace in Iraq, Sunnis, Shia and Kurdish all need to feel they have a place at the table.

The President went on to say it is not the place of the United States to choose Iraq’s leader or steer the future of that country.

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