|Obama rules out sending ground troops to Iraq conflict|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
WASHINGTION — As Islamic militants pushed closer to Baghdad, President Barack Obama on Friday ruled out sending American ground troops into Iraq or engaging in any long-term military campaign, saying “we’re not going to allow ourselves to be dragged back in.”
Obama said he would consider limited military options in coming days, but warned that U.S. airstrikes would have little lasting effect unless Iraqi leaders eased the country’s sectarian divisions. Obama put off any immediate intervention to assist Iraq’s beleaguered government.
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