President Obama makes a statement on Iraqi crisis

In a statement addressing the current crisis in Iraq, President Obama announced that he authorized two operations in the country — “targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death.”

President Obama reiterated that the U.S. “cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis in the world,” but explained why the current situation in Iraq requires the U.S. to act — and act now.

The President also said that he understands many people are “rightly concerned about any American military action in Iraq, even limited strikes like these” — and made clear that he “will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.” The statement is embedded below:

Obama:

“Even as we support Iraqis as they take the fight to these terrorists, American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq.”

Source: White House

 

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