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President Barack Obama is sending up to 300 military advisers to help Iraqi forces stem violent sectarian fighting.
The president announced the deployment from the White House Thursday after meeting with his national security team.
Obama said U.S. forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq but will help train Iraqis.
He also says the U.S. is increasing its intelligence efforts in Iraq and is prepared to create joint operations centers to share with Iraqis.
- Ron Elving, senior Washington editor for NPR. He tweets @relving.
- Deborah Amos, international correspondent for NPR, currently in Erbil, Iraq. She tweets @deborahamos.
- Tom Bowman, Pentagon reporter for NPR. He tweets @TBowmanNPR.
- Robert Scales, retired U.S. Army major general and former commandant of the U.S. Army War College.
- Derek Harvey, director of the Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict at the University of South Florida. He served as Gen. David Petraeus’ senior intelligence and policy adviser from 2007 to 2008 in Iraq and in Central Command Headquarters from 2009 to 2010.
- Jim Walsh, expert in international security at MIT’s Security Studies Program. He tweets @DrJimWalshMIT.
- Rami Khouri, editor-at-large for The Daily Star of Lebanon and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. He tweets @ramikhouri.