- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline says he’s opposed to the United States expanding involvement in the conflict in Iraq after U.S warplanes bombed extremist Islamic militants threatening the capital of the country’s autonomous Kurdish region.

The U.S. military officially withdrew combat forces from Iraq in late 2011 after more than eight years of war. Warplanes returned Friday when jets bombed militants outside Irbil. The U.S. also is providing humanitarian aid to civilians.

Cicilline, a Democrat and House Foreign Affairs Committee member, said Saturday that President Barack Obama shouldn’t expand the U.S. military role in Iraq without securing congressional approval.

He called for new political leadership in Iraq, saying that expanding the U.S. military role there “will ultimately lead to a re-engagement in a long and deadly sectarian war in Iraq.”

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