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Obama: 300 military advisers available for Iraq

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) - -President Obama announced Wednesday the U.S. is prepared to assist security forces in Iraq as a civil war is becoming increasingly more likely.

The president gave a speech Thursday afternoon saying up to 300 American military advisors are ready to head overseas to secure the U.S. embassy, help share intelligence and put forward a plan to fight what's believed to be a terrorist group in Iraq.

"Going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action, if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it," says Obama.

President Obama did maintain that American forces will not return to combat in Iraq, but rather help Iraqi soldiers fight those threatening the people of Iraq.

Local veterans appearing at a news conference Thursday say they're worried about sending any U.S. military to Iraq.

"I see that as creeping back in to mass numbers of troops being in Iraq, when in reality we shouldn't have been there to begin with," says Veterans for Peace member and Vietnam veteran Will Williams.

Some veterans say the U.S. presence in Iraq in the past decade shows the nation can't do much to change the conflict there.

"We do not have the capability to deal with what should go on in Iraq, we've proven that we did everything we could," says Buzz Davis, with Veterans for Peace.

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

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says 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 says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.
  
Obama is offering an update to U.S. operations in Iraq, where al-Qaeda-inspired militants have sparked instability. He says the United States is forming joint operations centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq but Obama emphasizes that American combat troops would not be returning to Iraq.
  
Obama says the U.S. has increased its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations in Iraq to better understand the threats to Baghdad.

We'll share reaction from local veterans tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.


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