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Republicans slammed President Barack Obama Thursday over the swift upheaval in Iraq, charging that his decision to withdraw troops in late 2011 had enabled violent Islamic militants to seize two cities in a move to establish their own state in Iraq and Syria.

“It was something that was avoidable,” Sen. Jim Inhofe told Newsmax in an interview. The Oklahoma senator was among several member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to blast Obama for the insurgence of Sunni fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The group beat back government forces in Mosul and Tikrit and was within 60 miles of Baghdad late Thursday.

“It was something that we warned the president about over a three-year period,” Inhofe said, referencing letters Republicans sent to Obama in 2009, 2010, and last year. “Now, it’s worse than it was before. It’s very depressing.

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