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President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will "not rule anything out" with regard to the situation in Iraq, but that it will need more help.

Obama says Iraq going to need more help

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Washington, DC (CNN) -- President Barack Obama said on Thursday the United States will "not rule anything out" with regard to the situation in Iraq, but that it will need more help.

Obama made the remarks at the White House as the security situation worsens with Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, firmly under the control of the militant group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. officials previously said things there are "extremely urgent" and the United States is looking to see what more support it can provide.

Read More: Militants press forward, threaten to seize more Iraqi cities

Washington has provided $15 billion in training, weapons and equipment to the Iraqi government.

"This is an area that we have been watching with a lot of concern," Obama said, noting the United States and the international community should extend additional support.

"I don't rule out anything because we do have a stake in making sure that these jihadists are not getting a permanent foothold in either Iraq or Syria, for that matter," he said.

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