US to send 300 military advisers to Iraq

US to send 300 military advisers to Iraq

US President Barack Obama has confirmed the United States will send 300 military advisers to Iraq, to help combat Islamist militants who have taken over large parts of the country.

The President has made the announcement from the White House overnight, saying these will be advising roles only , and the US has not plans at the current time so send combat troops to the country.

But he’s also said he is ready to take targeted and precise military action, if necessary.

The action comes after insurgents from Al-Qaeda linked group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, launched an assault in northern Iraq last week, and are believed to have killed dozens of civilians and soldiers.

President Obama says the crisis can only be solved through political means.

Meanwhile, the Australian government says it is continuing to closely monitor the situation, and will decide what assistance to provide as it develops.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne says the government would consider providing military assistance if the US or Iraq requested it, but such a request has not yet been made.

The government has announced $5 million in humanitarian aid, to assist the people of Iraq.

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