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Obama on Iraq: We Can't Play Whac-A-Mole with US Troops

Obama on Iraq: We Can't Play Whac-A-Mole with US Troops

Thursday, President Barack Obama spoke about the ongoing crisis in Iraq following an Oval Office meeting with visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

The president said he will not rule out “anything” because Iraq will need assistance to ensure that jihadists don’t get a “permeant foothold” but he added “we are not going to be able to be everywhere all the time” and we can’t send U.S. Troops to “play whac-a-mole” wherever there is a problem.”

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) an al-Qaeda splinter group of fighters have swept through northern Iraq, swiftly taking the cities of Tikrit and Mosul and are advancing towards Baghdad where Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s government is based.

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