Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton said in an interview published Thursday that she thinks Iraq's top leadership must meet certain conditions before the United States offers any military assistance to the country.
Clinton told the BBC that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must first demonstrate that he is "inclusive."
"Maliki has to be willing to demonstrate unequivocally that he is a leader for all Iraqis, not for a sectarian slice of the country," she said.
The Iraqi army, Clinton added, "which has not been able to hold territory, has to have an injection of discipline and professionalism, something the U.S. has been trying to help with."
Al-Qaeda-inspired fighters have swept through northern Iraq and have moved closer toward Baghdad. President Obama on Thursday said he would not send ground troops to Iraq, but wouldn't "rule out anything" else including drone strikes and air strikes.