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Continued: Nearly 1,000 Iraqis killed in September, up 22 percent from previous month, says UN

  • Article by: KIM GAMEL , Associated Press
  • Last update: October 1, 2013 - 3:20 PM

The House had called for its extension in a temporary spending bill and could now take it up separately.

"These brave Iraqis risked their lives to protect Americans and many of them are now living under constant threat of retribution from al-Qaida terrorists and Iranian-backed militants as a result of their decision to help American men and women in uniform," Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said in a joint statement Tuesday. "The United States has a moral obligation to stand with those Iraqis who stood with us. We cannot, and we will not, abandon our Iraqi partners."

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