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President Obama: Iraq Will Need Additional U.S. Assistance

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President Barack Obama says Iraq will need additional assistance from the U.S. to push back an Islamic insurgency.
 
The president did not specify what type of assistance he is willing to provide. But Obama says the White House has not ruled anything out. He says he is watching the situation in Iraq with concern and wants to ensure that jihadists don't get a foothold.
 
Iraq has been beset by violence since the last American forces withdrew in late 2011. The violence escalated this week with an al-Qaida-inspired group capturing two key Sunni-dominated cities this week and vowing to march on to Baghdad.
 
Obama spoke following an Oval Office meeting with visiting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says President Obama is "taking a nap" as terrorists capture Iraqi cities and move toward the capital of Baghdad.
 
The Ohio Republican told reporters Thursday that the United States continues to have vital interests in Iraq, from which Obama has withdrawn American combat troops.
 
Boehner says U.S. progress in Iraq is clearly in jeopardy.
 
He says Obama's focus should be on completing the U.S. mission there and says the president should get engaged before it is too late. He says the U.S. should provide equipment and technical assistance to the beleaguered Iraqi government.
 
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked his parliament to declare a state of emergency that would give him increased powers, but the lawmakers have not done so.   (AP)
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