Obama: ‘It's Up to Solve Its Problems’

Curtis Kalin
By Curtis Kalin | June 13, 2014 | 12:16 PM EDT

Speaking from the White House lawn Friday, President Obama said he would be “reviewing options” in the “days ahead” regarding Iraq’s descent into chaos, but cautioned "We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq."

Obama also said, "This is not solely or even primarily a military challenge," and cautioned, “The United States will do our part, but ultimately it's up to Iraq as a sovereign nation to solve its problems.”

His statement also contained a veiled nod to regional cooperation, including possible Iranian support that has already been flowing into Iraq.

His comments came after a week of Blitzkrieg-like advances by a Jihadist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The terrorist group took control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, and began to break down the border between Syria and Iraq to aid in their territorial aspirations. After taking over a large swath of Syrian and Iraqi territory, ISIS instituted strict Sharia law.

The last U.S. troops left Iraq in December of 2011.