By Jeff Mason
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE Fla. (Reuters) – President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday the United States will not fight another ground war in Iraq, seeking to reassure Americans about the level of U.S. involvement after a top general suggested combat troops could be deployed against Islamic State forces.
Obama, who has spent much of his presidency distancing himself from the Iraq War, stressed during a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that airstrikes would be the central U.S. contribution to the fight against Islamic State, along with coordinating a coalition that he said now includes more than 40 countries.
Loud ovation from troops at MacDill Air Force Base for Obama’s remarks
Obama gave what was essentially a rebuke to Dempsey in his comments here in Florida. Says he will not send ground troops back to Iraq.
ATLANTA/MONROVIA (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday called West Africa’s deadly Ebola outbreak a looming threat to global security and announced a major expansion of the U.S. role in trying to halt its spread, including deployment of 3,000 troops to the region.
“The reality is that this epidemic is going to get worse before it gets better,” Obama said at the Atlanta headquarters of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
AF1 has landed in Tampa
ATLANTA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers called for a
government-funded “war” to contain West Africa’s deadly Ebola
epidemic before it threatens more countries, building on an
American pledge to send 3,000 military engineers and medical
personnel to combat the virus.
“Here’s the hard truth. In West Africa, Ebola is now an
epidemic, the likes” of which have not been seen before,
President Barack Obama said during a meeting with top U.S.
public health officials.