Iraqi politicians welcome Obama’s expanded campaign against Islamic State

September 11, 2014 10:24 PM

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi politicians of every stripe on Thursday applauded President Barack Obama’s pledge to destroy the Islamic State militants who now occupy vast areas of Iraq and Syria. The major criticism: He should have acted sooner.

Their generally upbeat statements reflect a change of mood in the Iraqi capital since the U.S. mounted airstrikes against Islamic State targets five weeks ago, and a growing confidence that the terror group’s dramatic advances can be reversed.

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