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Obama aide asserts no US troops on ground in Iraq

September 24, 2014
National Security Adviser Susan Rice checks her phone on the tarmac during President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's arrival on Air Force One at JFK International airport in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is traveling to New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
National Security Adviser Susan Rice checks her phone on the tarmac during President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's arrival on Air Force One at JFK International airport in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. Obama is traveling to New York for three days of talks with foreign leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Security Adviser Susan Rice is asserting there’s no plan to commit American ground combat forces to the fight against the Islamic State group.

Rice acknowledges on NBC’s “Today” show that Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has raised such a possibility.

But she says Dempsey hasn’t made any such recommendation to President Barack Obama. The president has said repeatedly he has no intention sending ground troops.

Rice says there could come a point where American advisers would be needed. But she also says the Middle East nations under siege by Islamic militants have an obligation to take the lead.

Rice says that over the longer term, the fight is one that “the locals have to take to the terrorists on the ground.”

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