US weighs pressing Iraq leader to step down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will speak about the situation in Iraq from the White House Thursday afternoon.

His comments will follow a meeting with his national security team where he is expected to discuss U.S. options for responding to the deteriorating situation in Iraq. The administration has been weighing whether to press the Shiite prime minister in Baghdad to step down in a last-ditch effort to prevent disgruntled Sunnis from igniting a civil war.

A U.S. official says Obama is expected to announce the deployment of about 100 Green Berets to Iraq to help train and advise the Iraqi forces. The official insisted on anonymity because this person was not authorized to publicly discuss the plan ahead of Obama's announcement.


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