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Sep 17, 2014

Obama vows U.S. will not fight another ground war in Iraq

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.

Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014
Sep 17, 2014

Citing security threat, Obama expands U.S. role fighting Ebola

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).

Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014

U.S. leaders call for “war” on Ebola outbreak, pledge troops

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.

Sep 16, 2014
Sep 16, 2014
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      "Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. He was the lead correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and has been posted in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain, traveling with all three candidates. Jeff has also been posted in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry and Brussels, Belgium, where he covered climate change and the European Union. He has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR. Jeff is a graduate of Northwestern University and a former Fulbright scholar."
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