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Obama Says No U.S. Troops Will Be Sent To Iraq

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Reported: Jun. 13, 2014 11:54 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 13, 2014 12:44 PM EDT
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Washington, D.C.

President Barack Obama on Friday said the United States will not send troops into Iraq in response to the growing insurgency foothold in the nation.

The president did say during a news conference that the United States is exploring options, and will pursue diplomacy to try to resolve the conflict. He said Iraq, however, needs to address the situation.

"The U.S. will do our part, but ultimately it's up to the Iraqis to solve their problems," Obama said.

The president said the situation should be a wakeup call for the Iraq leadership, and they will have the support of the United States and its allies.




President Barack Obama will speak about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq.

The remarks will come moments before he departs on a trip to Indian Country and the West Coast.

Obama said Thursday he was contemplating military assistance to help the Iraqi government hold off rapid advances by Sunni militants who have been securing control of key Iraq cities and are aiming to march on Baghdad.

The insurgents, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and their gains in Iraq have forced the Obama administration to consider military steps even as it has focused on U.S. troop drawdowns in conflict areas.

Administration officials said Obama is not contemplating reinserting U.S. troops in Iraq, but air strikes are under consideration.

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