President plans to send advisers to Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKBN) — President Barack Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants.

He also said the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq, but emphasized that American combat troops will not be returning.

“American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq, but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region and American interests as well,” President Obama said during a news conference on Thursday just after he met with his National Security team.

Obama said the U.S. has increased its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Iraq to better understand the threats to Baghdad.

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