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President Obama: U.S. troops will not go back into combat in Iraq

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama says he will not be sending troops back into Iraq but other options are being considered.

In a statement, the president said the United States “will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq.”

He says that unless Iraq fixes its own political problems, short-term military help from the United States won’t make much of a difference.

One U.S. official told CNN that leaders may be considering an increase in U.S. surveillance flights over ISIS areas and potential airstrikes.

However, air strikes could be complicated since this group does not have organized locations for a strike.

ISIS fighters have seized Iraq’s second-largest city as part of an advance toward Baghdad

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