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Obama Calls For Iraq Airstrikes

President says he will not send combat troops

August 8, 2014
By JULIE PACE Associated Press Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced Thursday night he had authorized the Pentagon to launch targeted airstrikes if needed to protect Americans from Islamic militants in northern Iraq and help Iraqi security forces protect civilians under siege, threatening to revive U.S. military involvement in the country's long sectarian war.

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