Congress leaders meet Obama Wednesday on Iraq
US President Barack Obama - AFP/Nicholas Kamm

WASHINGTON: US congressional leaders will meet President Obama Wednesday in the White House to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq, aides said.

Democratic and Republican officials in Congress said the top four lawmakers — House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican leader Senator Mitch McConnell — will sit down with the president at 3:00pm (1900 GMT).

Obama and congressional leaders are expected to discuss how the United States should respond to rapid advances made by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in an offensive that has overrun a wide swath of the country in a matter of days.

McConnell “asked the president to provide us with a strategy and a plan and it’s his hope that those will be provided at the meeting,” a McConnell aide told AFP.

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