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Obama: US ready for 'precise' military action in Iraq

Published on Jun 20, 2014 2:09 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama on Thursday said he was ready to send 300 military advisors to Iraq and if necessary to take "targeted" and "precise" military action to counter radical Sunni fighters.

Mr Obama said Washington was ready to deploy advisors to study how to train and equip Iraqi forces and had already increased its surveillance and intelligence capabilities in the country.

The US teams could set up joint operations centres in Baghdad and near Mosul, the northern Iraqi city that fell to extremist rebels last week, the president suggested.

"Going forward, we will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it," Mr Obama said at the White House after meeting senior members of his national security team.

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