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A senior US official said Wednesday that the United States is weighing sending up to 300 troops to Iraq to reinforce security at American diplomatic installations. The news comes amid an intensifying US air campaign against Islamist militants in Iraq and follows the murder by Islamic State militants of US journalist James Foley. ISIS has threatened to kill a second hostage US journalist, Steven Sotloff, unless US President Barack Obama changes course. The US military earlier announced it has launched 14 air strikes against IS targets near the Mosul dam since the video of Foley’s beheading surfaced Tuesday on the Internet.

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