In a press conference today, President Obama announced that the U.S. was relocating some personnel out of Iraq, and sending reinforcements for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Obama also stated that there would be increased monitoring and surveillance of ISIL insurgents, and increased military support for Iraq, including joint operations centers in Baghdad.
Additional equipment also would be sent, in addition to a “small number of American military advisors, up to 300.”
But, he emphasized, “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq”
The U.S. is prepared, though, to take “precise” military action if circumstances warranted, but not to support “one sect” against another.
As to failure to leave residual forces, Obama said “that was a decision made by the Iraqi government.”
Reporter: Do you wish you had left a residual force in Iraq?
Obama: That wasn't a decision that was made by me…
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 19, 2014
Obama just admitted that the Iraqi government vetoed his plan of a SOFA. #CouldntGetItDone
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 19, 2014
BREAKING: President Obama prepared to take targeted military action in Iraq http://t.co/g2r5B2GUaJ
— National Journal (@nationaljournal) June 19, 2014
"We do not have the ability to simply solve this problem by sending in tens of thousands of troops…"
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) June 19, 2014
"American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again."
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 19, 2014
Obama Prepared to Order Airstrikes in Iraq http://t.co/uzlWS4Nquk
— Keith Koffler (@keithkoffler) June 19, 2014