President Obama said Thursday he will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help retrain Iraqi security forces as they battle an insurgent invasion.
“Armed forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” Obama said in a White House announcement.
Obama also announced that he will dispatch Secretary of State John Kerry to the region for diplomatic efforts that include demands for a more inclusive government in Iraq.
While some allies have called for removal of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Obama told reporters that “it’s not our job to choose Iraq’s leaders.”
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