Obama: We’re Not Sending American Troops Back to Iraq

TIME

President Barack Obama said Friday he is still weighing “selective actions” by the American military in Iraq to slow Sunni extremist fighters marching towards Baghdad, warning the insurgents “could pose a threat eventually to American interests as well.”

Speaking from the South Lawn of the White House, Obama said any American military action would be limited and short-term, and that it would only be initiated if the Iraqi government develops a political plan to put the country on the path to stability.

“The United States is not simply going to involve itself in a military action in the absence of a political plan by the Iraqis that gives us some assurance that they’re prepared to work together,” Obama said, noting sectarian strife and the Iraqi military fleeing in the face of a less-numerous force.

“We will not be sending American troops back to Iraq,” Obama said, as his administration plans…

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