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Iraq Asked The White House For Air Support Against Militants — But They Said No

Civilian children stand next to a burnt vehicle during clashes between Iraqi security forces and al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, June 10, 2014. See Also Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki asked last month for the U.S. to consider carrying out air strikes against its growing insurgency and the White House turned him down, The New York Times reports. While the Obama administration denied the initial request, a senior U.S. military official told The Daily Beast the White House “did not give them a hard no — it was ‘Thanks for your interest and we will talk about it more.” Insurgents in Iraq have scored a…