WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) - President Obama plans to speak on Iraq at 1:15 p.m. as he considers options that include the deployment of up to 100 special forces members to help re-train the Iraqi military.
Obama's remarks will come after a meeting with his national security team on options that also include future air strikes and diplomatic demands of Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
The president has vowed not to re-insert combat troops into Iraq; any special forces would be used to train Iraq's military and scout possible targets against an insurgent army that is threatening Baghdad.
CNN is reporting that the Pentagon has prepared a plan that would deploy up to 100 special forces to Baghdad to help train Iraqi forces as they battle the invasion of an insurgent army that is threatening to take over the country.
The president's national security meeting comes a day after he reviewed the Iraq situation with members of the bipartisan leadership in Congress.
The president's team is also making diplomatic moves. They are urging al-Maliki, a Shiite prime minister, to put together a more inclusive new government that involves Sunnis and Kurds.
Some U.S. lawmakers and allies have called for al-Maliki to step down from power before the U.S. takes any action to help Iraq; a spokesman for al-Maliki has said he has no plans to leave.
The Iraqi government has formally requested U.S. air strikes against the invading force that has captured several Iraqi cities.