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US cant solve Iraqs problems alone Obama says

first_imgWASHINGTON — The radical Sunni Muslim group advancing in Iraq, though it puts the Middle East’s stability at risk, is “just one of a number of organizations” in the region that pose a threat to U.S. interests, President Barack Obama said Sunday.Obama said the rapid advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq could spill over into Jordan and that the group “could amass more arms, more resources” in Syria. But the president, likening ISIS to other groups such as Al Qaida in Yemen, once again said it was not a problem that U.S. troops could solve.“And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address, but we’re not going to be able to address it alone,” Obama said in an interview excerpt aired on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send U.S. troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up.”The debate took place as ISIS fighters continued their rapid gains, capturing four more towns in western Iraq, and as Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Cairo in part to try to find a solution to the escalating crisis. Obama has agreed to send as many as 300 U.S. special forces troops to Iraq as advisers, but has not yet committed to further action, such as airstrikes.Obama said the extreme ideology of ISIS could prove its undoing.“The thing about an organization like this is that typically when they control territory, because they’re so violent, because they’re so extreme, over time the local populations reject them,” he said. “We’ve seen that time and time again.”last_img read more

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