Reid: US forces have no role in Iraq's civil war

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Iraq is in a civil war and the U.S. has no business sending troops there.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Iraq is in a civil war and the U.S. has no business sending troops there.

He says Republicans are playing politics by criticizing President Barack Obama over the violence.

Reid is particularly chafing at accusations that the president withdrew troops too quickly. They left Iraq in 2011 after the U.S. couldn't reach a security agreement with Iraq's government.

Reid says it's time for Iraq to resolve its own civil war. He says President Obama will "identify and protect" what's in U.S. security interests, and not listen to GOP critics and former Bush administration officials responsible for, quote, "the No. 1 foreign policy blunder" in U.S. history: the invasion of Iraq.

The president will discuss Iraq with House and Senate leaders of both parties at the White House Wednesday.


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