Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 1:56 pm
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.
Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict â€” and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."
Updated at 5:31 p.m. with additional comments from Al Watkins, attorney for Mo. Rodeo Cowboy Assoc. Pres. Mark Ficken.
Updated at 3:20 p.m. with comments from Gov. Jay Nixon. Jacob McCleland contributed reporting from Cape Girardeau.
Updated at 2:50 p.m. with actions taken against the rodeo clown.
The Missouri State Fair has permanently banned a rodeo clown whose imitation of President Barack Obama has been widely criticized as disrespectful.
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