Obama rules out airstrikes, but will make case for special forces in Iraq on Wednesday

by The Daily Lede

President Obama has ruled out immediate airstrikes on Iraq opting instead to gather intelligence through the use of special forces in the region.  The president will meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday to consider his options in Iraq one of which involves sending a limited number of special forces troops to assist in the gathering and coordination of intelligence with the Iraqi military.  One option suggested by military planners included embedding 1,400 advisers within Iraqi battalions, but was rejected by top officials as being overly ambitious and against White House preferences.

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Rules Out Iraq Airstrikes for Now

CBS: Obama to make case for sending special forces to Iraq