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SHOTLIST:POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYChilmark, Massachusetts - 11 August 2014++WHITE FLASHES BETWEEN SOUNDBITES++1. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:"Over the past few days, American forces have successfully conducted targeted air strikes to prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Erbil and to protect American civilians there. Kurdish forces on the ground continue to defend their city and we've stepped up military advice and assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they wage the fight against ISIL. At the same time, we've continued our daily humanitarian efforts to provide life saving assistance to the men, women and children stranded on Mt. Sinjar and deployed a USAID disaster response team to help. Some have begun to escape their perch on that mountain and we're working with international partners to develop options to bring them to safety. I want to thank in particular the United Kingdom, France and other countries working with us to provide much needed assistance to the Iraqi people and meanwhile our aircraft remain positioned to strike any terrorist forces around the mountain who threaten the safety of these families."2. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:"This advances the limited military objectives we've outlined in Iraq: protecting American citizens, providing advice and assistance to Iraqi forces as they battle these forces and joining with international partners to provide humanitarian aid, but as I said when I authorized these operations, there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq. The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together to form an inclusive government, one that represents the legitimate interests of all Iraqis and one that can unify the country's fight against ISIL. Today Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort."3. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:"Today President Massoum named a new prime minister designate, Dr. Haider al-Ibadi. Under the Iraqi constitution, this is an important step towards forming a new government that can unite Iraq's different communities. Earlier today, Vice President Biden and I called Dr. Al-Ibadi to congratulate him and to urge him to form a new cabinet as quickly as possible."4. SOUNDBITE (English) President Barack Obama:"Now these have been difficult days in Iraq, a country that's faced so many challenges in its recent history and I'm sure that there will be difficult days ahead, but just as the United States will remain vigilant against the threat posed to our people by ISIL, we stand ready to partner with Iraq in its fight against these terrorist forces. Without question that effort will be advanced if Iraqis continue to build on today's progress and come together to support a new and inclusive government."9. Wide of Obama leaving podiumSTORYLINE:President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" amid a political and security crisis and said the only lasting solution in Iraq is the formation of an inclusive government.Obama did not mention Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki but clearly was addressing the embattled incumbent as he called for Iraqi political leaders to work peacefully through a political transition."These have been difficult days in Iraq," Obama said from outside his rented vacation home on Martha's Vineyard. "I'm sure there are going to be difficult days ahead."Obama's remarks came as the U.S. conducts airstrikes against the advance of Islamic State militants in northern Iraq. Amid the security threat loomed a potential political crisis. New Iraqi President Fouad Massoum selected the deputy parliament speaker, Haider al-Ibadi, as al-Maliki's replacement. Al-Maliki accused Massoum of carrying out "a coup against the constitution and the political process" with al-Ibadi's nomination and insists he should maintain his position.But the U.S. is backing the new leadership. Obama said he and Vice President Joe Biden called al-Ibadi Monday to urge him to form a new cabinet as soon as possible."The only lasting solution is for Iraqis to come together and form an inclusive government," Obama said in brief remarks to reporters. "Today Iraq took a promising step forward in this critical effort."Obama said the U.S. stands ready to partner Iraq in fight against terrorist forces, and that effort if advanced if Iraqis form a new, inclusive government.