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Obama: No Timetable for US Airstrikes in Iraq

Sat, 09 Aug 2014 15:18:17 +0000

White House(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. airstrikes will continue against ISIS fighters in Iraq, President Obama announced Saturday, adding that humanitarian air drops will be sustained for minority refugees.

"I'm not going to give a particular timetable because as I've said from the start, wherever and whenever U.S. personnel and facilities are threatened, it's my obligation, my responsibility as Commander in Chief, to make sure they are protected," Obama said.

Before departing for Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, the President addressed the ongoing situation in Iraq, stressing that the U.S. will not be putting boots on the ground.

Still, the threat of ISIS will not be solved in weeks, Obama said, emphasizing the importance of establishing a long-term peaceful solution through a stable and inclusive Iraqi government with Shiites and Sunnis.

"It is very hard to get a unified effort by Iraqis against ISIL [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant]," he said. "We can conduct air strikes, but ultimately, there's not going to be an American military solution to this problem."

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