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Senator Carl Levin's statement on security situation in Iraq

Senator Carl Levin's statement on security situation in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - (06/19/214) - President Barack Obama announced, Thursday, that the United States is prepared to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq, but the U.S. won't be returning to a combat role there.

Following a meeting with his national security team, the president said his plan to deal with rising violence includes intelligence efforts and increased support for Iraqi security forces - more military advisers, but not ground troops.

Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the below statement Thursday after the committee received a briefing from Department of Defense officials on the security situation in Iraq.

"The plan President Obama outlined today to send up to 300 noncombat advisors to Iraq is a reasonable step to enable us to assess the security situation there. We should be extremely cautious about taking any actions beyond that step, such as air strikes, and three conditions should be met before we consider any such actions. The first is that there should be a strong consensus among top leaders from all the elements of Iraqi society - Sunnis, Shias, Kurds and religious minorities - to make a formal, public request for such action. Only if Iraq is unified behind such action can it be successful. Second, our senior military leaders need to judge whether such action on our part would be effective. And third, our friends and allies in the region would need to be supportive."

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