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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Special Coverage: Obama’s Remarks On Iraq

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in police uniforms attend a training session at the Ibrahimiya police camp outside the central Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala on June 19, 2014, as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities this week. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers in police uniforms attend a training session at the Ibrahimiya police camp outside the central Iraqi Shiite city of Karbala on June 19, 2014, as thousands of Shiite volunteers join Iraqi security forces in the fight against militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities this week. (Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images)

Note: Here & Now is providing special coverage of the president’s remarks

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

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

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

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.

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