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"Immediate action" needed in Iraq: U.S. Pres. Obama Updated: 2014-06-13 15:59:23 KST

The U.S. may be getting involved in Iraq once again---
With Islamist militants gaining ground in Iraq, U.S. President Barack Obama said he isn't ruling out U.S. action in the country.

"I don't rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria for that matter."

Speaking to reporters at the White House with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at his side on Thursday, President Obama said the U.S. is looking at "all the options" to help the country.

"I think it's fair to say that in our consultations with the Iraqis there will be some short-term, immediate things that need to be done militarily, and our national security team is looking at all the options."

Iraq seems to be collapsing under the weight of Sunni Islamist militants, called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant or the ISIL.
The off-shoot terrorist group of al Qaeda is surging through Iraq, seizing several towns and cities-- and is now threatening to take the capital, Baghdad.
Video released Thursday shows a "victory parade" of the fighters, clad in black parading through the seized city of Mosul-- Iraq's second-largest city.
The rebels displaying the black flag of the ISIL want to create an Islamic state across Sunni areas in Iraq and Syria.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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