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Obama To Meet With Congressional Leaders On Iraq

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"I'm anxious to see what plan he may have," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, saying the growing violence in Iraq casts doubt on Obama's decision to "leave Afghanistan entirely."

Asked what the president ought to do about the Sunni insurgency the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, both McConnell and his deputy, Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), punted and placed the onus on Obama.

The president has resisted sending U.S. military forces to fight the insurgency but announced Tuesday he'll deploy 275 troops to protect American diplomatic interests in Iraq.