Obama to Meet with Congressional Leaders on Wednesday About Iraq

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the tense situation in Iraq.

According to a White House official, Obama will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner, and Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday. The conversation will be part of Obama's ongoing consultations on foreign policy.

On Tuesday, Islamist militants drew closer to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The same militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who have already taken control of at least three cities north of the capital, claimed parts of Baquba on Tuesday, BBC News reports. Baquba is just 37 miles from Baghdad. Critics -- including some the president will be meeting with Wednesday -- have criticized Obama's response to the devolving situation in Iraq.

Obama announced on Monday that about 270 troops would be sent to the region with at least 170 being sent to the U.S. embassy in Baghdad with the purpose of defending American citizens and property in the capital.

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