ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / US and CanadaAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastHigh TableReporters JournalObama discusses situation in Iraq with Congressional leaders(Xinhua) Updated:2014-06-19 15:32Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallUS President Barack Obama (C) meets with Congressional leaders to discuss the situation in Iraq in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington June 18, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]Militants capture key Iraqi townWASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama met with Congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss the US response to advances by Sunni militants in Iraq.The meeting included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the White House said in a statement.Obama updated the leaders on the US efforts to respond to the threat from to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) by urging Iraqs leaders to set aside sectarian agendas and to come together with a sense of national unity, it said.The president also reviewed US efforts to strengthen the capacity of Iraqs security forces to confront the threat from ISIL, including options for increased security assistance, it added.Obama pledged to continue consulting closely with Congress going forward, it said.The situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate since bloody clashes between insurgent groups and government forces broke out earlier this month. Large swathes of Iraqs northern territories are now in the hands of militant groups, fueling fears the country may split and a full-blown sectarian war may erupt in the Middle East.Last week, Obama said he would decide in the days ahead whether to use US military force to hold off the tide of radicals, although he ruled out putting US boots on the ground.On Wednesday, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama “has not made a decision” on airstrikes.”At this stage, the only thing that remains ruled out is more US troops in a combat role,” news website The Hill quoted Hayden as saying.She reiterated that the Obama administration wants to see the Iraqi government work with other groups for a solution. “As weve said, the solution that is needed is an Iraqi one — any US military options are in support of that strategy.”8.03KRelated Stories40 Indians reportedly kidnapped in IraqIranian general aiding militias in IraqIranian general aiding militias in IraqSituation in Iraq worsens, US, Iran step inTurmoil in Iraq certain to affect China oil pricesPhotoUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchEfforts needed for sustainable projects1st Panda cub born in France named Yuan MengFree trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM TrudeauChina-JapanChina-USChina-AfricaChina-EuropeLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationGroup of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in JapanJapan can offer experience, expat saysChina-Japan ties seen at dialogue as benefit to regionChina, Japan officials exchange views on security issues at 15th dialogueChinese music finds new foothold in United StatesC919 flies toward air worthinessPolitical leaders: Sino-US relations to growChina vows steps after US launches probe into aluminum tradeGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseAction urged over pollutionUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityChina vows to deepen bilateral ties with new Zimbabwe govtChinese, African parties meet to share wisdom on modernization2nd China-Africa Investment Forum begins in MoroccoLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchPeak performance by Chinese nurse on Scotlands mountains9-month festival of Chinese art, heritage to be staged in Liverpool, UK, next yearChina eyes closer economic, trade cooperation with BelarusPremier calls to enhance trade liberalization and facilitation in SCOPremier: China to advance production capacity with UzbekistanAsia PacificUS & CanadaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastChinese tourists go to South KoreaChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingBelt and Road a great opportunity: Uzbek officialKwaussie wins Australias word of the yearJapan can offer experience, expat saysTrudeau visits Sina WeiboChina, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate changeDemocrats stand united against GOP tax billUS quits talks on global migration pactTensions triggered over possible moveSino-Canadian bilateral trade ties to deepen furtherMay gets little gasp as EU extends deadline for sufficient progress in Brexit talksRussia banned from Pyeongchang Winter OlympicsGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchBoth first ladies name panda cub Yuan MengLiu Yandong heralds bilateral cooperation in education and researchEthiopian FM urges strengthened Ethiopia-China tiesUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaAction urged over pollutionBelt and Road Initiative to help countries achieve UN goals: officialChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityMorocco king holds historic talks with South African president in AbidjanYemens ex-president Saleh, relatives killed by HouthisTrump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would raise regional tensionsYemen rattled by raids as clashes spreadSquash a perfect match for girl refugees in JordanSyrian talks in Geneva to continue to Dec 15: UN envoyAll parties in Syria urged to join talksMost PopularHot TopicsChina and JapanThai crisisFerry disasterMalaysian flightUkraine crisisEdward SnowdenIranDPRKHigh TableNatural wonderlandGreece ready for EU leadershipTrust, friendship and traditionReporters JournalWhere do wealthy Chinese go for health care? 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