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Obama Rejects Calls for U.S. Troops to Fight Islamic State

  • President says sending more U.S. troops would be mistake
  • Clamor for aggressive response rises after Paris attacks
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Obama: Islamic State Is the 'Face of Evil'

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President Barack Obama is doubling down on his strategy to combat Islamic State in the face of rising calls from domestic allies and critics alike for a more aggressive campaign against the extremist group.

In the wake of the deadly Islamic State terrorist attack on Paris, Obama again ruled out on Monday dispatching a major U.S. ground force to Syria and Iraq, saying that would be a “serious mistake” and would push the nation along an unsustainable path of committing to the long-term occupation of countries across the Middle East and North Africa.