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US House Speaker Boehner calls for new aid to Iraq

By Reuters - Jan 09,2014 - Last updated at Jan 09,2014

WASHINGTON –– US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said President Barack Obama should authorise a more active American role in Iraq but he stopped short of calling for the participation of US troops.

Boehner, responding to a question at a weekly press conference about growing violence in Iraq, said that a new US troop presence was “not called for at this time”.

But Boehner, a Republican, said the Obama administration could aid the Iraqi army with additional equipment. Earlier this week, the administration said it would hasten deliveries of military hardware to Iraq.

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