President Barack Obama sending up to 300 advisers to Iraq, says USA not returning to combat

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.

Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but will help train Iraqis.

The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.

He also says it's going to be hard for the current Iraqi government to resolve the country's crisis unless the government is more inclusive.

Obama stopped short of calling for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to resign. He says it's not the United States' job to choose Iraq's leaders.

But he says whoever is prime minister must make sure all sectarian groups feel they can advance their interest through the political process.

He also says the U.S. is increasing its intelligence efforts in Iraq and is prepared to create joint operations centers to share with Iraqis.

>>Watch the President's statement live.

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