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Hillary Clinton: the Iraqi government made a mistake

Hillary Clinton was secretary of state under President Barack Obama when the U.S. fully withdrew all U.S. troops from Iraq.
By Aileen Graef   |   June 18, 2014 at 5:12 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, June 18 (UPI) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the crisis in Iraq is due to the failure of the Iraqi government to sign a mutual Status of Forces Agreement during CNN's town hall discussion Tuesday.

"Unless you get condition met and assurance made by Maliki -- remember he purged the military we helped train. He forced out a lot of the commanders who were the most able commanders and you cannot run a military action against extremist like this if you don't have the best possible military," she said, adding that American lives will not be put in danger again. "We are certainly not putting any American soldiers at risk -- no boots on the ground."

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has made significant advances in Iraq and is currently threatening to seize the capital Baghdad. The Obama administration is scheduled to meet with Congress Congress to figure out what course of action the U.S. should take in the country. The Iraqis have requested U.S. airstrikes to help combat ISIS, which Secretary of State John Kerry admitted was a potential option.

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