President Obama to Send 300 Military Advisors to Iraq
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The situation in Iraq, with Islamic militants battling Iraqi security forces, is now prompting action from Washington.
President Obama says Iraqi leaders must solve their country's problems and that the US cannot do so by sending in tens of thousands of troops. He did commit to sending 300 military advisors. The President is also open to taking further action after consulting with Congress and other nations.
"We will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it," said the President.
Critics say the President is too late, while leading Democrats warn the US needs to proceed cautiously.
The violence in Iraq is also pushing gas prices higher. As Iraqi government forces battle Sunni rebels for control of the country's biggest refinery, gasoline prices have hit their highest for this time of the year since 2008.
The national average is $3.68 per gallon. The average in North Carolina is about $3.57 and $3.40 in South Carolina.