By Julian Pecquet - 11/13/13 11:24 AM EST
The State Department's top Iraq expert returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for the first time since his affair with a married reporter derailed his nomination to be ambassador to Baghdad.
Brett McGurk will testify before the House Foreign Affairs panel on the Middle East regarding U.S. policy in Iraq. He was appointed in August to be deputy assistant secretary of State for Iraq and Iran after withdrawing his nomination to be ambassador last year in the face of Republican opposition.
Opposition was led largely by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who faulted McGurk for failing to strike a deal to keep U.S. troops in Iraq after 2011. McGurk will be testifying as spiraling violence has turned Iraq into another Middle East headache for President Obama
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