President Barack Obama pledged to take "precise" military action if needed to check marauding Sunni radicals in Iraq and offered up to 300 US "advisers" to train Iraqi forces facing a crisis splintering the country on sectarian lines.
Newly-recruited Iraqi volunteers take part in a training on June 19, 2014 in the capital Baghdad
But Obama, who based an entire political career on ending US involvement in Iraq, insisted the United States is not slipping back into the morass -- and issued a sharp warning that sectarianism spells disaster for Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iran.
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