President Obama held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address America’s role in Iraq’s devolving political and social chaos.
"Recent days have reminded us of the U.S. war with Iraq," he said. "American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again."
Obama underscored the need for Iraqi leaders to rise above their differences and navigate the nation’s problems with a non-violent political approach.
"It is not the place of the U.S. to choose Iraq’s leader," Obama said. Iraq’s leadership has seen centuries of conflict between the state’s various cultural and religious sects- Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds, among others. “We will not support one sect at the expense of another,” he said.
With no end to the violence in sight, the president said the U.S. would continue to monitor intelligence resources and define possible targets in the region.