Obama rules out U.S. troops on ground to fight Islamic State

U.S. President Obama addresses news conference following working session at G20 summit in Antalya

By Matt Spetalnick BELEK, Turkey (Reuters) – President Barack Obama ruled out a shift in strategy in the fight against Islamic State on Monday despite the deadly attacks in Paris, saying putting more U.S. troops on the ground as sought by his political critics “would be a mistake.” Speaking after a G20 summit in Turkey, Obama described the attacks in France that killed 129 people as “a terrible and sickening setback” and vowed to redouble efforts to destroy Islamic State, even as the group threatened to strike Washington. Mindful of the difficulties that the United States had in controlling Iraq after its invasion in 2003, Obama is very reluctant to commit American ground forces to Middle East conflict zones.

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