US Military Prepares for Iraq Airstrikes

iraqWashington, D.C. (CNN) — The U.S. is moving an aircraft carrier closer to Iraq, but President Barack Obama says that doesn’t mean U.S. troops are getting involved in the fighting on the ground.

“We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraq security forces, and I will be reviewing those options in the days ahead,” said President Obama during a news conference Friday morning.

Fighters from the “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria,” or ISIS, have seized Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul, and continue to advance on Baghdad.

Pentagon officials said the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier is expected to be moved to the Persian Gulf to provide the U.S. with options for possible airstrikes.

There is no word yet if a final decision on airstrikes has been made.

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