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President Barack Obama said he is considering "targeted" and "selected" military actions in Iraq, short of sending U.S. troops, to turn back rebel forces, but wants assurances that the Iraqi government will take steps to end sectarian strife.
In a statement at the White House, Obama said he will "consult with Congress" and keep the American people informed about his decision. But he said he would not be making a decision "overnight" and need Iraqi leaders to make assurances that they would make changes necessary to deal with their political problems.
"We are not going to be able to do it for them," Obama said.