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White House: U.S. ready to support "inclusive" government in Iraq against threat of ISIL

Friday, August 08, 2014 - 01:11

White House says once Iraq forms new ''inclusive'' government that the U.S. is ready ''where necessary'' to deploy military force, but not U.S. boots on the ground. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama's authorization for limited military action in Iraq could eventually include more military support to Iraqi security forces working to repel Islamic State fighters once the country forms a new "inclusive" government, the White House said on Friday. In the wake of overnight US air strikes against Islamic State (ISIL) fighters in northern Iraq, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said initial U.S. support will be on military strikes to protect American personnel working in Iraq, and to address the urgent humanitarian situation on Sinjar mountain. But the United States also has a third goal "related to our belief and commitment to supporting integrated Iraqi security forces and Kurdish security forces as they unite the country to repel the threat" posed by Islamic State fighters, he said, reiterating that any U.S. support will not be "prolonged" and will not involve sending U.S. troops to the country.

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White House: U.S. ready to support "inclusive" government in Iraq against threat of ISIL

Friday, August 08, 2014 - 01:11