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President Barack Obama, before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama, before the start of a briefing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Obama reaffirms opposition to US ground combat in Iraq

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says U.S. forces in Iraq "do not and will not" have a combat mission as part of the effort against Islamic State militants.

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Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by ISIS militants.  (AP Photo)
Iraqi Shiite Turkmens, mostly women and children, try to board an Iraqi Army helicopter aid flight bringing in supplies to Amirli, a town that has been completely surrounded by ISIS militants. (AP Photo)
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Airstrikes and aid provide relief for Iraqi town under siege

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Aircraft from the United States, Australia, France and Britain dropped food and water to the beleaguered Iraqi town of Amirli, which has been under siege by Islamic State militants for nearly two months, the Pentagon said Saturday night. U.S. airstrikes supported the humanitarian mission.

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Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during a press briefing, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Edgartown, Mass. Rhodes spoke on issues concerning the situation in Iraq and Ukraine. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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US won’t let borders hamper fight vs. Islamic extremists

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A senior White House official raised the possibility Friday of a broader American military campaign that targets an Islamic extremist group's bases in Syria, saying the U.S would take whatever action is necessary to protect national security.

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President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks in Edgartown, Mass., Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, about the killing of American journalist James Foley by militants with the Islamic State extremist group. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama faces complex options in Iraq and Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) -- At the heart of President Barack Obama's quandary over the Islamic State militants is their haven in Syria.

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Displaced Iraqi Christians and Yazidis settle at diocese of Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.(AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqi Christians and Yazidis settle at diocese of Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.(AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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Iraq: Kurdish forces retake parts of largest dam

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Kurdish forces took over parts of Iraq's largest dam on Sunday less than two weeks after it was captured by the Islamic State extremist group, Kurdish security officials said, as U.S. and Iraqi planes aided their advance by bombing militant targets near the facility.

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Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border outside Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq,  (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border outside Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)
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Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area

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Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014  (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has given up his post as prime minister to Haider al-Abadi, state television reported Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
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Iraq’s al-Maliki gives up prime minister post to rival

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi.

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Pro-government supporters of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, chant slogans during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
Pro-government supporters of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, chant slogans during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraq’s humanitarian crisis mounts, as al-Maliki delays

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The United Nations says the humanitarian crisis in Iraq has reached its highest level.

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President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from his vacation residence in Chilmark, Mass. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
President Barack Obama speaks about developments in Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, from his vacation residence in Chilmark, Mass. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Obama welcomes new Iraqi leaders as ‘step forward’

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama welcomed new leadership in Iraq as "a promising step forward" Monday amid a political and security crisis in Baghdad, saying the only lasting solution is the formation of an inclusive government.

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Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and display placards bearing a picture of embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and display placards bearing a picture of embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014.
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Iraq’s al-Maliki steps up struggle to keep his job

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's elite security forces loyal to the country's embattled prime minister deployed in force in the streets of Baghdad on Monday as Nouri al-Maliki demanded the newly elected president name him to continue in his post and form a new government, a development that could threaten to undermine efforts to fight a growing insurgency by Sunni militants.

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