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'No boots on the ground in Iraq,' Hagel tells crowd at Marine base
'No boots on the ground in Iraq,' Hagel tells crowd at Marine base

The question was asked politely. The answer was swift and unequivocal. "There will be no boots on the ground in Iraq," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told 200-plus Marines at a question-and-answer session Tuesday. Hagel was quick to deny any suggestion that his decision, announced earlier in the day, to send 130 additional U.S. military personnel to the embattled city of Irbil in northern Iraq signals "mission creep." To protect Americans and others in Irbil, President Obama last week authorized airstrikes against advancing Sunni militants. A series of airstrikes has targeted artillery and convoys of the militant Islamic State. The extra personnel arrived Tuesday...

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