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Sen. Durbin calls Iraq situation 'troubling'

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CHICAGO -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says the situation in Iraq is troubling and he will listen to President Barack Obama as the president considers a range of options drawn up by the Pentagon.

But the Senate's No. 2 Democrat says he shares the skepticism of the "war-weary" American public about committing military resources "anywhere in the world." He was speaking to reporters Friday after an unrelated event.

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Obama on Friday promised the United States wouldn't be "dragged back" into military action in Iraq as long as leaders in Baghdad refuse to reform a political system that's left the county vulnerable to a fast-moving Islamic insurgency.

Durbin says he believes the Iraqis must solve their own problems with the support of allies in the region.

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