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Aug 12, 2014 12:23 PM by AP

Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

WASHINGTON (AP) - Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.

Almost a week into it, the Obama administration's emergency military action against Islamic State Sunni insurgents in northern Iraq is attracting surprisingly broad bipartisan support from Congress.

Republicans have issued I-told-you-so statements and called for stronger action. Dovish Democrats have voiced concerns about slipping into a new war. But outright opposition has been muted.

Iraq's crisis is in some ways more urgent, though less deadly than the three-year fight in neighboring Syria that has killed 170,000 people.

Obama's immediate objectives are to protect thousands of American personnel in Iraq and avert what U.S. officials call a possible genocide of minority groups.

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