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Reid: No Role for U.S. Troops in Iraq Conflict

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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 Obama 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 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.

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

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner says the United States should not be talking to Iran about a joint effort to help the Iraqi government battle insurgents who have been overrunning large swaths of that country.
 
The Ohio Republican told reporters Wednesday that reaching out to Iran would be the wrong message to send U.S. allies in the Middle East, even as Iran is alleged to have sponsored terrorism in that region.
 
Boehner and other congressional leaders are meeting at the White House on Wednesday afternoon with President Barack Obama to get a briefing from him on the situation in Iraq.
 
Boehner said he wants Obama to describe his strategy for helping the Iraqi government.  (AP)
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