Congressman Neal: Need To Be Mindful Of Iraq

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Date: June 17, 2014

President Obama is sending nearly 300 U.S. soldiers to Iraq to protect personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as a militant Sunni group continues its push on parts of the country. Massachusetts U.S. Congressman Richard Neal addressed the issue Tuesday.

Neal, a Democrat representing Massachusetts' First District, said in Lee that Congress is waiting to see what President Obama's position is.

"Perhaps that while Baghdad is not in immediate prospect of failure, the Islamic jihadists are their way to Baghdad," Neal said. "I think we need to be mindful of what would happen if you had a radical Islamic state in the Middle East. I don't think that you could suggest for one moment that it would be a friend to the United States."

Neal says Congress could find common ground on the U.S. sending military advisors.