war in Iraq http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/obama-us-forces-wont-return-combat-iraq-crisis President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.<p>Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."<p>The president spoke Thursday about the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American military help in the face of advances made by ISIS. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 37346 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mccaskill-blames-iraqi-leaders-violence-cautious-about-us-help <p>U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., says the Iraqi government bears most of the blame for the violence now engulfing the country and is urging caution as the U.S. government decides how to respond.</p><p>“The mess that is in Iraq right now is Iraq’s doing,” McCaskill said in a conference call Tuesday with Missouri journalists. “The U.S. put them on a path of free and fair elections, and to have a military that could enforce the rule of law...I’m sick to my stomach that what we have done in that country has been so carelessly and casually abandoned in favor of sectarian dominance.”</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 21:31:29 +0000 Jo Mannies 37286 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org McCaskill Blames Iraqi Leaders For Violence, Cautious About U.S. Help Returning From War: The Difficulties Of Re-Adjusting To Life In The United States http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/returning-war-difficulties-re-adjusting-life-united-states <p></p><p>For Captain Michelle Matthews, readjusting to home was more difficult than adjusting to war. A reservist with previous active duty experience, Matthews was deployed with the Missouri National Guard to Iraq in December of 2005.</p><p>"Life was a lot easier at war in some aspects," said Matthews. "I didn't have to cook, get gas, pay bills. But we were at war."</p><p>"We were mortared every day," she added. She described a joke about hearing mortars. If you could hear them, you were good. If you couldn't hear them, then you were in trouble.</p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:37:57 +0000 Camille Phillips 29205 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Returning From War: The Difficulties Of Re-Adjusting To Life In The United States