#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON — June 13 – President Obama again vowed Friday to help Iraq’s government fight insurgents who are closing in on Baghdad, while a senior defence official told USA TODAY that American air power options are currently limited.
"The United States will do its part," Obama told reporters at the White House, but added that ultimately it is up to the Iraqis themselves to "solve their problems" and "we are not going to be able to do it for them.
Obama also said: "We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq."
A senior defense official said U.S. air power options in Iraq are limited because the closest aircraft that could wage a bombing campaign against Islamist militants who have captured several of the nation’s largest cities are at least 800 miles away.
The insurgents — the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), an al-Qaeda splinter group — started their offensive Monday. They are trying to create an Islamic territory including Iraq and Syria.
They have taken Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, and Tikrit, the birthplace of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.