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Obama reaffirms opposition to US combat in Iraq

4 years 1 week 1 day ago Wednesday, September 17 2014 Sep 17, 2014 September 17, 2014 10:29 AM September 17, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - President Barack Obama says U.S. forces in Iraq "do not and will not" have a combat mission as part of the effort against Islamic State militants.

Obama received a briefing Wednesday from officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. That command oversees military efforts in the Mideast.

The president says the fight against the Islamic State group cannot be America's alone and will require a broad coalition.

He says some nations will assist the U.S. with airstrikes and others will help train forces.

On Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said American ground troops may be needed to battle the militants if Obama's current strategy fails.

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