Obama on Iraq Crisis: 'I Don't Think We're Gonna Solve This Problem in Weeks'
President Barack Obama today remarked on the crisis in Iraq during a news conference.
Obama discussed targeted airstrikes against ISIS and humanitarian aid drops to religious minorities that have been forced to flee their homes.
The president said that the U.S. will take action to protect its people if terrorists threaten our facilities or personnel in Iraq. He said the U.S. would continue to provide military help and advice to both the Iraqi government and the Kurdish forces, but that U.S. combat troops would not return to Iraq.
“We can conduct airstrikes, but ultimately there’s not going to be an American military solution to this problem," he said.
Obama said the U.S. will keep working with the international community to deal with the growing humanitarian crisis as well.
“We continue to call on Iraqis to come together and form the inclusive government that Iraq needs right now […] All Iraqi communities are ultimately threatened by these barbaric terrorists, and all Iraqi communities need to unite to protect their country,” he said.
When asked about a timetable in Iraq, he said, "I don't think we're gonna solve this problem in weeks."
Watch his remarks above. Below, hear Obama take questions from the media.