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State Department: Troops In Northern Iraq Not In Combat Role

(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. maintains the 130 extra troops being sent to Iraq are there for humanitarian reasons.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said during her Wednesday briefing that no decisions have been made on how to rescue the Iraqis that are trapped on Mt. Sinjar by Islamist militants. She also said the U.S. continues to show its support for the formation of a new government in Iraq. This comes after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki again protested his ouster and said the nation's court system should decide on his constitutional challenge. Marie Harf said a 30-day period has just begun for prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi to form a new government and the U.S. is watching how that process plays out.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf says the U.S. is waiting to see how the transition of power in Iraq plays out. Harf says the military troops being sent to Iraq are focused on delivering humanitarian aid. Harf says it has not yet been decided how to rescue the Iraqis off Mt. Sinjar. Play Clip

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