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New problems in Iraq
Iraq President Obama spoke at the White House Friday on what he will not do about the current crisis in Iraq.
President Obama said that any short term military help is useless unless the Iraqi government pulls itself together.
We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat, President Obama said.
Iraq is currently under siege by a violent radical insurgent group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. The Prime Minister has asked for U.S. help.
ISIS has taken control of much of Northern Iraq, and is threatening Baghdad.
President Obama has asked his national security team to draw up a range of options that could help the Iraqi security forces.
Ultimately its up to the Iraqis, as a sovereign nation, to solve their problems, President Obama said.
ISIS fighters have a history of brutality that even Al Qaeda has distanced itself from the group. The goal of ISIS is to establish a strict Islamic state in the region.
The ISIS militants have posted videos on YouTube of Iraqi soldiers surrendering and leaving their American supplied weapons and vehicles behind.
This poses a danger to Iraq and its people, and given the nature of these terrorists, it could pose a threat eventually to American interests as well, President Obama said.
More than one trillion dollars were spent in Iraq between 2003 and 2011. 4483 American servicemembers died there and more than 30 thousand were wounded.
We could have solved this conflict. We had it won thanks to the surge and we blew it all, and thats a tragedy, said Senator John McCain about the military withdrawl.