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Pentagon may call for U.S. ground troops in Iraq despite Obama's vows
Pentagon may call for U.S. ground troops in Iraq despite Obama's vows

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the military's top officer, repeatedly raised the prospect Tuesday of sending U.S. troops to fight alongside Iraqi soldiers against Islamic State militants, despite President Obama’s vows not to do so. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he would recommend using U.S. ground troops if he deemed it necessary to rescue a downed pilot, to call in airstrikes to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces, or to help achieve a key military objective, such as freeing the captured city of Mosul. “If we reach the point where I believe our advisors should accompany Iraqi troops on attacks against specific ISIL...

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