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Obama: No additional authority to act in Iraq

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Photo - President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Obama briefed leaders of Congress on US options for blunting an Islamic insurgency in Iraq. US officials say Obama is not yet prepared to move forward with strikes and is instead focused on increased training for Iraq's security forces, boosting Iraqi intelligence capacities and upgrading equipment. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama meets with, from left, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Obama briefed leaders of Congress on US options for blunting an Islamic insurgency in Iraq. US officials say Obama is not yet prepared to move forward with strikes and is instead focused on increased training for Iraq's security forces, boosting Iraqi intelligence capacities and upgrading equipment. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama told congressional leaders that he doesn't need additional authority for any military action to deal with the crisis in Iraq.

Obama met with Republican and Democratic leaders from the House and Senate on Wednesday. The president indicated in the hourlong session that whatever steps he takes, he did not believe it was necessary to seek congressional authority.

The administration is weighing several options, including possible drone airstrikes in Iraq.

McConnell spoke to reporters upon returning to the Capitol. In a statement, the Kentucky Republican said the insurgents in Iraq and Syria represent a grave threat to U.S. interests.

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