Obama says US troop increase in Iraq signals 'new phase'

US President Barack Obama pauses during a press conference at the White House on November 5, 2014 in Washington, DCUS President Barack Obama said Sunday that deploying additional troops to Iraq signals a “new phase” in the fight against the Islamic State group, as Baghdad investigated whether strikes killed the jihadists’ leader. After earlier unveiling plans to send up to 1,500 more US troops to Iraq to advise and train the country’s forces, Obama told CBS News on Sunday the US-led effort to defeat IS was moving to a new stage. “Phase one was getting an Iraqi government that was inclusive and credible — and we now have done that,” Obama told CBS News on Sunday. “We will provide them close air support once they are prepared to start going on the offence against (IS),” Obama said.

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