Thursday, July 24, 2014   

Obama under pressure to respond to Iraq crisis
(06-19 15:29)

President Barack Obama has not decided how to respond to rampant Sunni militants grabbing swathes of Iraq, but is looking at every option short of sending US combat soldiers back to war.
Officials said that Obama had not ruled out any possible courses of action, including air strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters.
Signs also emerged of rising US pressure on Shiite Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is being blamed in Washington for causing Iraq to splinter after discriminating against the minority Sunni community.
But there were no signs that renewed US military action was imminent in a war Obama had declared at an end in 2011, hoping to cement his political legacy.
''The only thing the president has ruled out is sending troops back into combat in Iraq, but he continues to consider other options,'' White House spokesman Jay Carney said.--AFP
   
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