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Iraq Doesn't Want the Ground Troops Hawks Are Offering

Iranian pressure means Obama couldn't send large numbers into combat.

Training, yes. Combat, no.

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As the U.S. special operations presence in Iraq grows, President Barack Obama's diplomats are promising its government he has no intention of sending large contingents of combat troops to join those well-trained fighters already on the ground. There is a good reason for this: Iraq and Iran don't want them.

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