ST. LOUIS (KMOX/AP) – U.S. combat troops won’t be returning to Iraq.

That option is being ruled out by President Obama — who says he’s considering a range of other options for dealing with the violent Islamic insurgency there.

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis from Illinois tells KMOX he’d like to see force used, “I will give him the opportunity to try diplomacy, but I’d like to see him commit some air cover and drone cover to help out the Iraqi soldiers and citizens who are trying to protect their country. The only thing that will matter to these terrorists, I think, is force right now.”

Davis was in St. Louis, Friday, to appear on KMOX’s Mark Reardon Show.

The last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq in 2011 after more than eight years of war.

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