Obama says Iraq took a promising step with the designation of a new Prime Minister and urges the formation of a new government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: QUALITY AS INCOMING U.S. President Barack Obama said Iraq took a promising step forward on Monday with the designation of a new prime minister and urged the formation of an inclusive government to address the needs of all Iraqis. Obama, speaking to reporters from the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing with his family, also said U.S. forces had successfully carried out airstrikes against Islamist militants in northern Iraq and had stepped up military advice to Iraqis and Kurds. The Obama administration last week began a campaign of air strikes and humanitarian air drops in northern Iraq, where militants are threatening religious minorities and encroaching on the Kurdish capital. The strikes are the first Washington has conducted in Iraq since President Barack Obama withdrew the last U.S. troops at the end of 2011.