Obama consults Congress on Iraq options

FILE - In this Monday, June 16, 2014

FILE - In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant as they carry al-Qaida flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq. The CIA and other spy agencies are scrambling to close intelligence gaps as they seek ways to support possible military or covert action against the leaders of the al-Qaida-inspired militant group that has seized parts of Iraq and threatens Baghdad’s government. (AP Photo, File) (June 18, 2014 5:54 PM)

(AP) -- President Barack Obama briefed leaders of Congress on options for quelling an al-Qaida-inspired insurgency in Iraq as Republicans lawmakers and administration officials clashed Wednesday over who is to blame for the militants' lightning gains.

White House officials said Obama had made no decisions about how to respond to the crumbling security situation in Iraq, and they cast his meeting...

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