Calls for US Involvement in Iraqi Turmoil Grow Louder

As Sunni rebels from an al Qaeda splinter group drive Iraq deeper into chaos, calls for American intervention are growing louder amid fears the trouble could spread beyond the nation's borders.

"This is a really bad situation strategically. The American people are tired of two wars. I am too, but you can't just let this thing go into free fall," said retired U.S. Army Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs.

Iraq has asked the U.S. for air assistance in tempering the militant uprising, and Obama said Thursday he is looking at all options in confronting the Iraq insurgency, but did not specify what type of help he would be willing to provide.

"I do not rule out anything, because we do have a stake in making sure these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria," he said, adding that "what we've seen over the last couple of days indicates the degree to which Iraq is going to need more help."

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