Obama: "American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq"

WASHINGTON - After meeting with his national security team, President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq to help stem violent sectarian fighting.

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.  However, he said American combat troops would not be returning to Iraq.

Obama also 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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