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Friday, 20 June 2014 - 8:18
Obama to send advisors to Iraq, open to military action
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President Barack Obama pledged to take "precise" military action if needed to check marauding Sunni radicals in Iraq and offered up to 300 US advisors to train Iraqi forces facing a crisis splintering the country along sectarian lines.

But Obama, who based an entire political career on ending US involvement in Iraq, insisted the United States was not slipping back into the morass -- and warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iran that promoting sectarianism would spell disaster.

Obama signed off on White House action after meeting his top national security advisors to discuss how to respond to swift gains by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant insurgents who have seized several key cities and threaten to advance on Baghdad.
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