Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
“What is going on in Iraq right now is an Iraqi civil war and is ultimately something Iraqis must resolve for themselves. But to help Iraqis contain the current violence and protect our national security interests, I support President Obama’s decision to deploy a very limited number of advisers to Iraq for a non-combat training mission. This decision gives America the flexibility to take precise action against threats to our national security and keeps Iraqi authorities accountable for maintaining the security of their own country.
“I want to be clear that I believe any U.S. role in Iraq must remain sharply limited in scope. We should not be spending another trillion dollars there when we could be creating jobs rebuilding our roads, bridges and schools here at home. Moving forward, it is incumbent upon Iraq’s leaders – Sunni, Shiite, and Kurd – to step up and find a responsible, inclusive, and peaceful way to end the bloodshed and regain the trust of their people.”
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says Iran can play a constructive role in Iraq if it sends a message that Iraq's government must be inclusive and respect the interests of Sunnis and Kurds.
He says that's the same message the United States is sending.
But Obama says if Iran comes into the conflict solely as an armed force backing the Shiite-led government, its involvement would probably worsen the situation.
Obama says Iran's leaders have a decision to make about what role to play there. He says Tehran should consider whether its view of the region is solely through sectarian frames. He says if that's the case, Iran could find itself fighting in lots of places in the world.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.
Obama is offering an update to U.S. operations in Iraq, where al-Qaeda-inspired militants have sparked instability. He says the United States is forming joint operations centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq.
But Obama emphasizes that American combat troops would not be returning to Iraq.
Obama says the U.S. has increased its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Iraq to better understand the threats to Baghdad.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.
The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.
Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but will help train Iraqis.
He also says the U.S. is increasing its intelligence efforts in Iraq and is prepared to create joint operations centers to share with Iraqis.
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