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Washington (CNN) - No troops to Iraq, but other options are being considered.
That was President Barack Obama's message Friday in response to the lightning advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
In a statement delivered from the White House South Lawn, Obama said the United States "will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," but that he would be reviewing a range of other options in coming days.
(CNN) – President Obama has put the nation on hold, telling Americans he will be receiving a range of options when it comes to U.S. involvement in Iraq and will keep them, and Congress, in the loop on what he decides.
He warned that those actions can't be taken overnight.
But Rep. Ed Royce, R-California, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, says there should be drones over Iraq right now.
(CNN) – Hillary Clinton told the BBC Thursday that she is against air strikes in Iraq.
"I agree with the White House's rejection and reluctance to do the kind of military activities that the Maliki government is requesting, namely fighter aircraft to provide close support for the Army and also to go after targets. That is not a role for the United States," Clinton said.
It's a dovish stance for Clinton, who voted for the Iraq War when she was a senator.
(CNN) – Iran has deployed three revolutionary guard units to Iraq to bolster their security forces, a senior security official in Baghdad confirmed to CNN.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby wouldn't confirm if the U.S. knew these Iranian fighters were there.
But a State Department spokesperson says "we are not talking to the Iranians about Iraq."