Obama heads back to Washington facing Iraq choice

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Updated: 6/16/2014 7:03 am

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama is returning to Washington faced with a choice on Iraq.

Obama was wrapping up a four-day weekend in the Palm Springs area Monday.

The White House says Obama got several updates on a violent insurgency bringing chaos to Iraq during his getaway with his wife, daughter Malia and friends.

Obama told his national security team to come up with options for U.S. assistance to help combat the insurgency. He said he'll be reviewing a wide range of options, but he has ruled out the possibility of sending in American ground troops.

Administration officials say other options being weighed include strikes using drones or manned aircraft, as well as boosts in surveillance and intelligence gathering.


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