THE PRESIDENT: No U.S. Combat Troops In Iraq But Targeted Military Action Possible

President Barack Obama spoke about Iraq today, outlining the U.S. plans to help prevent a civil war in that country.

President Obama said America taking precautions to protect its assets in the region, and that the U.S. has significantly increased intelligence assets.

The President said while the U.S. will continue to increase its support for Iraqis, American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq.

He also said there may be targeted military action and that he would be talking with Congress and appropriate parties before initiating.

The President said he has to consider what is in the national security interests of America. He reiterated that American combat troops are not going to be fighting in Iraq again. The President went on to say the Iraqis have to solve this problem, but that it is in the best interest of America to help prevent an all-out civil war in Iraq.

He said America is prepared to send a small number of military advisors, perhaps several hundred.