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Legislators knock U.S. Iraq response

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 3:39 a.m.

Shiite lawmaker Mohammad Taqi al-Mawla, center, speaks to the media in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Iraq's parliament convened to vote for a new president on Wednesday. Since 2003, Iraq's political parties have agreed to assign the position of president to a Kurd, prime minister to a Shiite and speaker of parliament to a Sunni. The next president will task someone with forming a new government, and whoever can assemble a majority coalition will become the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

WASHINGTON -- Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the commitment of President Barack Obama's administration to holding the fractured country together.

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