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President Barack Obama says the U.S. is prepared to take targeted military actions in Iraq if they would help fight a growing threat from extremist militants. He also says the U.S. is ready to send as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq.

Obama is offering an update to U.S. operations in Iraq, where al-Qaida-inspired militants have sparked instability. He says the United States is forming joint operations centers in Baghdad and northern Iraq.

NPR Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman and NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving discuss the president's remarks with Here & Now's Robin Young.

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This segment aired on June 19, 2014.

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