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President Barack Obama briefed leaders of Congress on options for quelling an al-Qaida-inspired insurgency in Iraq as Republican 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 with lawmakers as part of an effort to consult with Capitol Hill. While Obama has not fully ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes, such action is not imminent, officials said, in part because intelligence agencies have been unable to identify clear targets on the ground.



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