President Obama Says No US Troops Will Be Sent to Iraq

In a statement this morning, President Obama said that there will be no US troops sent to Iraq.

“We will not be sending US troops back into combat,” he said. “But, I have asked my National Security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq’s security forces.”

“We are not going to be able to do it for them,” Obama said.

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He also said that “short term military action will not succeed” and according to The Washington Post , he said “This should be a wake-up call. Iraq’s leaders have to demonstrate a willingness to make hard decisions and compromises on behalf of the Iraqi people in order to bring the country together.”

He said that he would monitor the situation carefully and that he would keep the American people informed as the situation in Iraq progresses.