Militants have reportedly seized the Sunni stronghold amid renewed sectarian violence in Anbar province, the site of some of the most violent battles during the 2003-2011 U.S. occupation of Iraq.
"We need to get equipment to the Iraqis and other services," said Boehner, an Ohio Republican. "There are things that we can do to help the Iraqis that do not involve putting U.S. troops on the ground."
Pressed if he favored a reengagement of military troops in Iraq, Boehner said: "I do not think that is called for at this point in time."
The Obama administration said in November that it would begin boosting
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But Boehner criticized Obama for failing to reach an agreement with Iraq to keep U.S. troops in the country and said the president has since neglected the growing problems there.
Reid said the speaker’s criticism of the