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US will send military aid to Iraq, Obama says

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama promised Thursday to send more military aid to Iraq to help beat back a fast-moving insurgency as the US evacuated a major air base in the nation’s north where it had been training Iraqi security forces.

Obama did not say what kind of new assistance would be given to Baghdad. But two US officials who are familiar with ongoing negotiations said the White House is considering air strikes and increased surveillance, requested this week by the Iraqi defense minister, as the insurgency nears Baghdad.

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