President Barack Obama said there would not be combat troops deployed to Iraq, but he left the door open for sending 300 military "advisors" to the country. In a Thursday afternoon White House press briefing, Obama said the United States has "humanitarian...strategic...and counterterrorism interests" in stopping the violent conflagrations across the Middle Eastern nation, led by terrorist organization ISIS.
"American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again," Obama said, adding that doing so would not be "effective" to reaching those interests.
"There's not going to be a simple military solution to this issue," he added.
Asked by one reporter if he regretted his decision to withdraw American military troops from Iraq under the 2011 status of forces agreement, Obama deflected. "That wasn't a decision made by me. That was a decision made by the Iraqi government," he said.