WASHINGTON — President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. is “prepared to take targeted and precise military action” in Iraq and called for leaders there who can “govern with an inclusive agenda.”
The president took a firm stand on the question of returning U.S. troops to battle in the troubled nation.
“American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again,” he said. “We do not have the ability to solve this problem by sending in tens of thousands of troops.”
He said he will send up to 300 advisors to help the Iraqi military but that the situation ultimately must be resolved by Iraqis.