Boots on the Ground: White House weighs Iraq rescue mission, yet claims no ‘combat role’

August 13, 2014 9:09 PM

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The White House appeared to walk a fine line Wednesday as a team of armed U.S. troops arrived in Islamic State-held territory in northern Iraq to plan a possible rescue mission, yet officials insisted they would not be in a "combat role."

Since President Obama announced last Thursday that he had authorized airstrikes in Iraq, he and his deputies have stressed that U.S. combat troops will not return to the warzone. But amid concerns that the "limited" airstrikes against Islamic State militants are having a limited impact, his security...

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