John Kerry denies Obama has been too passive in Iraq

June 19, 2014 1:35 PM

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WASHINGTON: Secretary of state John Kerry brushed aside criticism of Obama administration's Middle East policy on Thursday, taking exception to assertions that Washington has been doing too passive in the face of surging terrorism in the region.

Kerry noted the failure of the United States to secure a continuing military arrangement with Iraq's government after US combat forces left. "We didn't have operational theatre capacity at the time" of the surge in violence spawned by al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State militants, he said in an intervie...

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