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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should the U.S. send troops to Iraq?
President Barack Obama says he will not send troops to Iraq, but he is considering other options.
That was the President's response to the advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki.
The President says that unless Iraq fixes its internal political problems, short-term military help from the U.S. won't make much difference.
Pressure to provide military support to Iraq has increased, with conservative Republicans blaming Obama for the current crisis by pulling out troops in 2011 and creating a security vacuum.
Republican critics also say that Obama's unwillingness to provide significant military backing to opposition forces in Syria's civil war has contributed to the ability of the militants to attack in Iraq.
The President is calling on Iraq's neighbors to help out, and pointed out the U.S. has provided billions of dollars in aid and training to Iraqi forces.
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