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Congressional Democrats question US airstrikes in Iraq

President Barack Obama intends to meet House and Senate leaders of both parties on Wednesday to discuss options.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) (L) talks to Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) (C) as they arrive for the weekly Democratic caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, February 4, 2014.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX187YG

WASHINGTON — Key Democrats expressed deep skepticism about US military intervention in Iraq on Tuesday as the Obama administration sought to gauge Capitol Hill's mood.

President Barack Obama himself will meet with the House and Senate leaders of both parties at the White House on Wednesday to discuss "foreign policy issues, including the situation in Iraq," according to the White House. And administration officials are expected to brief the House Foreign Affairs and Armed Services committees on Wednesday, followed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

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