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WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday the Obama administration should continue a "triage effort" of support to deal with unrest in Iraq.

President Barack Obama announced he was sending 300 military advisers to help the Iraqi government battle insurgents — members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria — who have captured several cities and threaten the capital of Baghdad.

Obama stressed, however, that he was not sending U.S. combat troops.

Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agreed on keeping troops out.

"Ultimately Iraq has to rectify the political problems within their country, but right now there needs to be a triage effort without U.S. combat troops to assist Iraqi security forces in halting the advance of terrorists," the Tennessee senator said in a statement.

"I know we're stepping up activities at multiple levels, through greater diplomacy and with our military in an advisory capacity, and I certainly expect the administration to continue its consultation with Congress going forward."

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