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By ELLIOTT THOMSON and PAUL FEDERICK
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Tuesday the United States will have “more than enough troops” to fight the Islamic State militants, pledging to use the air campaign to “degrade and destroy” the militants.
On Friday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” Obama addressed a new military surge by the U.S. combat force in Iraq and Syria. The United States has been conducting air strikes to support the Iraqi and Syrian militias who have been fighting the Islamic State militants.
“We’re not looking to go out and do a ground war, we’re not doing boots on the ground right now,” Obama said. “And we’re going to go after ISIL as it has been doing before them; we’re not just going to sit back and wait. What we have to do is deploy boots on the ground, that’s the only thing we can do without turning off our engines.”
U.S. Air Force Col. Ryan Dillon, a coalition spokesman, told reporters that the coalition would announce plans for ground raids againsjarvees.comt the militants in two weeks. The numb바카라사이트er of combat troops in Iraq would be reduced, he said, though military officers wouldn’t be allowed to discuss details of the plan.
President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the United Nations in New York. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
Asked whether any American troops might leave Iraq to fight the group on its own, Obama didn’t directly respond.
“We’re not looking to go out to someplace and fight it,” he said. “And I won’t hesitate to ask that question if that becomes necessary.”
Obama emphasized the military’s need for new technology to assist U.S. forces. In one of his final tweets to U.S. troops바카라사이트 in Iraq, he said, “No American will ever again ever again walk into a firing line while they are in uniform.”
As he spoke to “this week’s” panel, Obama said that the U.S. “must do everything in our power” to defeat the Islamic State group. He said the fight against the group is critical to the stability of Syria, the fight against extremis