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NYT: Obama Could Send U.S. Ground Troops To Help Rescue Iraqi Refugees

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“What (Obama's) ruled out is reintroducing U.S. forces into combat on the ground in Iraq,” Rhodes said, asserting that rescuing the Yazidis was “different than reintroducing U.S. forces in a combat role to take the fight to" ISIS. But he did acknowledge that American troops could be in danger as part of the mission.

Obama already authorized airstrikes and humanitarian air drops to aid the Yazidis and the Kurdish forces helping to defend them. But as the Times reported earlier this week, U.S. officials have said that airstrikes would likely not be enough to ensure safe passage for the refugees off the mountain.

Rhodes said that Obama should be presented with military recommendations in the next few days.