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U.S. response muted to Al Qaeda affiliate's gains in Syria and Iraq
U.S. response muted to Al Qaeda affiliate's gains in Syria and Iraq

WASHINGTON – Americans were agreed after the Sept. 11, 2001,  terrorist attacks that allowing extremist groups like Al Qaeda to hold territory posed a direct danger to the U.S. homeland. Yet news this month that fighters from an Al Qaeda affiliate have seized territory from Syria’s border region to the edge of the central Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Fallouja has drawn only mild reactions from the public and members of Congress. Many congressional Republicans prominent in foreign affairs have said little on the issue. And when House Speaker John A. Boehner raised the matter Thursday, he criticized the Obama administration but urged a policy that the White House has largely...

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