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Obama administration seeks funding for Iraq to fix situation made by ending the war

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“After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over," President Obama said on Oct. 21, 2011.

But now, the Obama administration is promoting a new fund to fight terrorism following Iraq's recent plunge into chaos.

New White House press secretary Josh Earnest, in a statement released Wednesday, said the administration “will work with Congress to support the new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund.”

The fund is supposed to “provide flexibility and resources to help Iraq respond to emerging needs as the terrorist threat from [the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] continues to evolve.”

During a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday, Obama further said that he wouldn’t “rule out anything” when it comes to the situation in Iraq.

"What we've seen over the last couple of days indicates Iraq's going to need more help,” Obama said.

Obama also said the White House has been working “around the clock” to come up with a plan.

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

Obama initially requested the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund on May 28 during his commencement speech at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The $5 billion fund was supposed to focus on Yemen's al Qaeda offense, Somalia, Libya, Mali and Syria.

But now the administration wants to use part of the fund in Iraq.

Maybe he should just declare the war over again, since that worked so well the first time.

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