US Sending 300 'Military Advisers' to Iraq
Obama says team will help Baghdad fend off insurgents
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 12:52 PM CDT
President Obama speaks about the situation in Iraq Thursday.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama said today he's sending 300 US "military advisers" to Iraq as Islamic extremists threaten to overtake Baghdad, reports the AP. Obama reiterated that he will not send regular ground troops and dismissed a concern about "mission creep" in response to a question: "American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again," he insisted. But, he added, the US "will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if we conclude the situation on the ground requires it," reports the New York Times.

The new US team also could provide intelligence and guide future airstrikes should the US decide to unleash them. Obama again pressured President Nouri al-Maliki to work toward a political solution—one that includes Sunnis and Kurds—amid reports that the US would like to see him go. “It is in our national security interest not to see an all-out civil war in Iraq,” said Obama; his remarks followed a meeting with his national security team.

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slammer
Jun 23, 2014 10:15 AM CDT
if we must send something send them BODYBAGS THAT SAY MADE IN THE U.S.A.! the savages will forever kill eachother we or anyone else can not stop them! FUBO FUBAR GET OUT NOW AND STAY OUT!
farleyj1
Jun 21, 2014 2:58 PM CDT
How much more money does wal street need from us. Someone sturs things up over there then the oil and gas is put on hold just as our refineries go down for maint or a hurricane happens which closes refineries down, then guess what 5.00 a gallon for gas again..Or either that our gas is exported then sold back at inflated prices. To be the average joe can't stock pile his own gas that would be a mistake wating to happen
OrneryPup
Jun 20, 2014 7:59 PM CDT
Makes me sick that the nightmare Decider Bush created is still a major drain on US.