U.S. President Obama says that the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Story: U.S. President Barack Obama said that the U.S. will not fight another ground war in Iraq. In an address at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida he said, "As your Commander and Chief I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq." He also said, "After a decade of massive ground deployments, it is more effective to use our unique capabilities in support of our partners on the ground so they can secure their own countries futures." His comments come as a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Friday showed that while Americans support Obama's campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State militants, they have a low appetite for a long campaign against the group. Several important tests loom for the U.S. administration's nascent coalition to "degrade and defeat" the ultra-hardline Islamic State whose militants have seized a third of both Iraq and Syria, declared war on the West and beheaded two American journalists and one British aid worker. The complexity of eliminating Islamic State, which requires stabilizing Iraq, building up its armed forces and creating a western-backed rebel force in Syria, could take years, testing Obama's commitment and that of whoever succeeds him in 2017.