President Barack Obama says the US will send 300 military advisers to Iraq to help fight Islamist-led insurgents. Mr Obama said the US was prepared for "targeted and precise military action, if and when" required, but added that US troops would not fight in Iraq. He insisted there was "no military solution" and urged the Shia-led Iraqi government to be "inclusive".
The cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki surrounded by the US advisers who are all holding pieces of paper with the words 'STEP DOWN' (i.e., resign or quit).
According to the BBC's Washington correspondent, "At present the use of American air power is not being made conditional on Prime Minister Nouri Maliki stepping down, but clearly he has lost Washington's confidence". The joke is that the US advisers are advising Maliki to resign as opposed to giving him advice on how to fight the insurgents.
1. To step down is to leave an official position or job, especially so that someone else can take your place. • The England manager announced he is stepping down. Synonyms include step aside, resign, and quit.
2. An adviser gives advice to somebody or advises them.