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U.S. sending military advisers to Iraq

The situation in Iraq, with Islamic Militants battling the Iraqi security forces, is now prompting action from Washington.
President Obama says he is sending military advisers to Iraq but not ground troops.

Obama also says the U.S will increase intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to get a better handle on what is going on in Iraq.
Measures are underway to secure the United States Embassy and other personnel operating inside Iraq.
The President says sending in American soldiers is not the answer.


"We do not have the ability to simply solve this problem by sending in tens of thousands of troops and committing the kind of blood and treasure that has been expended in Iraq. Ultimately this is something that is going to have to be solved by the Iraqis."

The U.S. withdrew its final troops from Iraq at the end of 2011.
Nearly nine years after leading the invasion of Iraq that toppled longtime leader Saddam Hussein.