McConnell demands Obama explain new Iraq strategy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that President Obama should offer and explain to the public his new strategy in Iraq.

“The president must quickly provide us with a strategy and plan that address the threat posed by the insurgency,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “And he must explain that new strategy.”

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Lawmakers have been demanding action from the administration since reports that an extreme Islamic group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has taken control of several Iraqi cities.

“ISIL is a lethal, violent terrorist force, and its activities in Syria and Iraq represent a grave threat to U.S. interests,” McConnell said. “The administration must act quickly to provide assistance to the Maliki government before every gain made by U.S. and allied troops is lost, and before ISIL expands its sanctuary — from which it can eventually threaten the United States.”

Obama pulled U.S. troops out of Iraq to keep a campaign promise, but some Republicans have said his actions have allowed this terrorist group to gain control in the region.

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