President Obama Weighs Options in Iraq

The president tells Congress he may send up to 100 special forces troops to help advise Iraqis.
1:08 | 06/19/14

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President Obama had his first meeting with congressional leaders on the crisis and, Jon, the president did make it pretty clear in that meeting he doesn't expect to come to congress now for new authorization for military action. Reporter: He sure did, George. What he said is that none of the options that he is now considering would require congressional authorization and that is the clearest indication yet that the idea of a major air campaign against militant targets in Iraq is simply off the table. The leading option now under consideration and likely to happen is for the president to send a very small contingent of about 100 special operation forces to Iraq to advise the Iraqi military. If there are any air strikes at all, George, it would be very small, kind of like the targeted strikes we've seen in Yemen and Pakistan. The president pushing very hard for the prime minister of Iraq to open up his government. He wants real change there. Reporter: Yeah, and they've been explicit, publicly and privately, that there will be no major air strikes like the ones the Iraqis are asking for unless that government first takes steps to reach out to the Sunnis and others to get a process of reconciliation under way. They think that's the only long-term solution in Iraq. Jon, thanks very much.

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