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President Obama said the US will send up to 300 military advisers to assist the Iraqi Army, and that the US will step up its intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance efforts in Iraq to help it battle Islamist insurgents. US officials in Baghdad are consulting with Sunnis, Kurds and Shiites about possible alternatives to a government led by Iraqi president Nouri al Maliki. A recent report claimed that as many as 15 Somali-Americans have left Minnesota to fight in Iraq or Syria alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.
The Obama administration ruled out the prospect of immediate US airstrikes in Iraq, preferring a more comprehensive plan. Some 275 US troops are deploying to Iraq to protect US assets, and 100 more are on standby; US officials are considering sending a special forces contingent as well. A US defense official denied claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham seized Blackhawk helicopters in Iraq. Treasury Secretary Lew urged closer cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the US on combating terror group financing. The US said that Ahmed Abu Khattalah was captured by US commandos in Libya because he was planning attacks against US persons.
President Obama said his administration is looking at ways to help Iraq respond to the ISIS advance, but stated that any US military action is contingent on a workable political plan by the Iraqis. The White House said no US ground troops would be involved in Iraq. Three planeloads of Americans, mostly civilian contractors, were evacuated from Iraq's Balad Air Base yesterday. A senior Iranian official reportedly said Iran is willing to work with the US to help end the insurgency in Iraq.