NEW INFORMATION: Obama on Iraq security: `We can't do it for them'

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says Iraq's government must make a sincere effort to address sectarian differences, or else U.S. military help won't succeed in curbing the insurgency there.

He says, quote, "We can't do it for them."

Obama says the U.S. won't send troops back into Iraq. But he says he's asked his national security team to prepare a range of other options. He says he'll review those options in the coming days.

Obama says the risk posed by terrorists in Iraq could eventually pose a threat to U.S. interests, too.

A fast-moving insurgency in Iraq has taken over key cities, raising fears Iraq is slipping back into sectarian chaos following the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.

Obama spoke just before departing the White House en route to North Dakota.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will speak about his administration's response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq. The remarks will come moments before he departs on a trip to Indian Country and the West Coast.

Obama said Thursday he was contemplating military assistance to help the Iraqi government hold off rapid advances by Sunni militants who have been securing control of key Iraq cities and are aiming to march on Baghdad.

The insurgents, known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and their gains in Iraq have forced the Obama administration to consider military steps even as it has focused on U.S. troop drawdowns in conflict areas.

Administration officials said Obama is not contemplating reinserting U.S. troops in Iraq, but air strikes are under consideration.


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