Obama hails progress in fight against Islamic State in Iraq

US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama hosted Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi at the White House on Tuesday and hailed the US-backed Iraqi forces’ progress against the Islamic State group. Critics say Obama’s drawdown of US troops in Iraq was a strategic blunder that allowed the Islamic State to flourish and drive Iraq’s US-trained army out of northern cities.

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