Obama on Iraq Security: We Can't do it for Them - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Obama on Iraq Security: We Can't do it for Them

Posted:
President Barack Obama speaks Friday on the Iraq situation. (Photo: CBS) President Barack Obama speaks Friday on the Iraq situation. (Photo: CBS)
WASHINGTON (AP)- President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep-seeded political troubles.
    
"We're not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back into a situation in which, while we're there we're keeping a lid on things, and after enormous sacrifices by us, after we're not there, people start acting in ways that are not conducive to the long-term stability and prosperity of the country," Obama said from the South Lawn of the White House.
    
The president did not specify what options he was considering, but he ruled out sending American troops back into combat in Iraq. The last U.S. troops withdrew in 2011 after more than eight years of war.
    
Obama argued that the insurgency is not only a danger to the Iraqi people but also to American interests in a volatile region.
    
Administration officials said Obama is considering airstrikes using drones or manned aircraft. Other short-term options include an increase in surveillance and intelligence gathering, including satellite coverage and other monitoring efforts. The U.S. also is likely to increase various forms of aid to Iraq, including funding, training and providing both lethal and non-lethal equipment.
    
The U.S., which routinely has an array of ships in the region, has the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush and an accompanying Navy cruiser in the northern Arabian Sea, while two Navy destroyers from the Bush strike group have moved into the Persian Gulf.
    
The ships carry Tomahawk missiles, which could reach Iraq, and the Bush is carrying fighter jets that could also easily get to Iraq.
    
Obama suggested it could take several days before the administration finalizes its response to the situation on the ground in Iraq.
    
"We want to make sure we have gathered all the intelligence that is necessary so that if in fact I do direct and order any actions there that they are targeted, they're precise and they're going to have an effect," Obama said before leaving for a four-day trip to North Dakota and California.
    
Officials said the president had no plans to cut his trip short.
    
The al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has quickly overrun Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul, Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit and smaller communities, as well as military and police bases - often meeting little resistance from state security forces. The militants have vowed to press on to Baghdad.
    
The fast-moving rebellion, which also draws support from former Saddam-era figures and other disaffected Sunnis, has emerged as the biggest threat to Iraq's stability since the U.S. withdrawal. It has pushed the nation closer to a precipice that could partition it into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish zones.
    
U.S. intelligence agencies assess that Baghdad is unlikely likely to fall, according to officials who were briefed on the matter but would not be quoted by name because the briefings were classified.  The Shiite soldiers who deserted en masse because they were unwilling to fight and die for Sunni towns such as Tikrit are much more likely to fight for Baghdad and it's Shiite-dominated national government, U.S. intelligence officials believe. U.S. agencies also assess that the Iraqi units around Baghdad are marginally better.
    
Obama argued that the insurgency is not only a danger to the Iraqi people, but also to American interests in a volatile region. He also cited America's long investment in Iraq as a rationale for stepping in to help the country from crumbling.
    
Secretary of State John Kerry, traveling in London Friday, urged Iraq's neighbors to also understand the gravity of the situation.
    
"Everybody in the region, every country that understands the importance of stability in the Middle East, needs to be concerned about what is happening with ISIL in Iraq today," Kerry said.
    
The Pentagon has been pulling together a broad range of military options that could be taken in Iraq, and is having discussions with the White House about the best way forward.
    
One of the immediate moves could be to position small teams of military troops and aircraft close by in case they are needed to evacuate U.S. personnel or to provide security if required.
    
More aggressive options include airstrikes and other counterterrorism operations against the insurgency, in conjunction with or with the approval of the Iraqi government.
    

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
  • Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    08/19/2017 20:27:00 -04:002017-08-20 00:27:00 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:27:06 GMT
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
  • Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    08/19/2017 20:27:00 -04:002017-08-20 00:27:00 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:27:06 GMT
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
  • Arrests Made in Camden-Wyoming Burglary

    Arrests Made in Camden-Wyoming Burglary

    Friday, August 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:30:32 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 8:30 PM EDT2017-08-19 00:30:32 GMT
    Delaware State Police have made two arrests following a home burglary east of Camden-Wyoming.More
    Delaware State Police have made two arrests following a home burglary east of Camden-Wyoming.More
  • How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Thousands of people, including a superhero or two, came out to Dover today for the annual Comic Con. The family-run event welcomed people from all over the region to downtown Dover. WBOC's Kylie Winkler was out earlier today to see how the event benefits the town's economy.

    More

    Thousands of people, including a superhero or two, came out to Dover today for the annual Comic Con. The family-run event welcomed people from all over the region to downtown Dover. WBOC's Kylie Winkler was out earlier today to see how the event benefits the town's economy.

    More
  • 7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    A boat in Ocean City caught fire yesterday about 12 miles offshore, and we have some dramatic new video, sent in late last night.

    More

    A boat in Ocean City caught fire yesterday about 12 miles offshore, and we have some dramatic new video, sent in late last night.

    More
  • Salisbury City Councilwoman Charged with Assault

    Salisbury City Councilwoman Charged with Assault

    Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson has been charged with assault following an alleged fight at Billy Gene Jackson Park last weekend.

    Jarenea Mitchell said you can still see where Jackson allegedly bit her on Saturday.

    More

    Salisbury City Councilwoman April Jackson has been charged with assault following an alleged fight at Billy Gene Jackson Park last weekend.

    Jarenea Mitchell said you can still see where Jackson allegedly bit her on Saturday.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices