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Iraqi government asks for US help

The Iraqi government is asking for the United State's help to fight back Al-Qaeda militants.

The "Islamic state in Iraq and Syria" has captured two key cities and continues their march to the country's capital, Bagdad.

The Iraqi Army and police are abandoning their posts as isis continues to press forward.

And about a half a million people have fled their homes.
The crisis is threatening to undo the 8 years of sacrifice American troops made in an  attempt to stabilize the country.
Iraq's government has asked the US for more military aid, including  air strikes something President Obama said today he is considering.

"Over the last year we have been providing them with additional assistance to try to address the problems they have in Anbar, in the northwestern portions of the country as well as the Iraqi and Syrian border. That includes in some cases: military equipment, military intelligence, assistance, it includes a whole host of issues but what we have seen over the last couple of days indicated the degree to which Iraq is going to need more help."

One option the US government is not considering is putting American troops back on the ground.