Obama on Iraq: ‘We can’t do it for them’

President Barack Obama answers questions on violence in Iraq during his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama answers questions on violence in Iraq during his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Thursday, June 12, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP/WLFI) — President Barack Obama spoke Friday at the White House concerning his administration’s response to a growing insurgency foothold in Iraq.

During a special report Friday afternoon, Obama said chaos in Iraq could endanger U.S. interests. He said the United States is weighing options to help. He continued to say that U.S. military aid to Iraq depends on Baghdad government setting aside sectarianism.

He stated that 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.

“We can’t do it for them,” Obama said.

The president said 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.

The remarks came moments before he departs on a trip to Indian Country and the West Coast.

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