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Caveats to Obama's rule against 'combat mission' in Iraq, Syria
Caveats to Obama's rule against 'combat mission' in Iraq, Syria

A day after his top military advisor opened the door to putting U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria, President Obama appeared to slam it shut again Wednesday, declaring that American troops "do not and will not have a combat mission." The president's blunt pledge — and the revelation that the Pentagon doesn't share that commitment — was a reminder that the vow is not as simple as Obama's statements imply. Disagreements abound in Washington over whether Obama can achieve his goal of "degrading and ultimately destroying" Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria without the use of ground forces. And although Obama says he has...

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