Obama Rules Out Sending American Troops ‘Back into Combat’ in Iraq

President Obama today ruled out sending U.S. troops “back into combat” in Iraq despite the threat from a surging army of Islamic militants.

But as several cities in the once American-occupied nation fall under the flags of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, Obama told reporters his National Security Council was still considering options.

“I’ll be reviewing those options in the days ahead,” Obama said on the White House’s south lawn. “I do want to be clear, though. This is not solely, or even primarily, a military challenge.”

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