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Wednesday, March 16, 2016 2:58 am

Donnelly travels to Iraq

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is part of a congressional delegation that has been in Iraq on a fact-finding trip, his office announced Monday.

The delegation has met with U.S. military leaders and Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, to discuss the ongoing fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq.

"With more than 3,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and more on the way, I felt it was critical to hear directly from our commanders on the ground and our Iraqi allies Shia, Sunni, and Kurdish about the current strategy. We also discussed what role the U.S. and our coalition partners in the region should play going forward," Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in a statement.

Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is part of a delegation led by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. According to Kaine's office, others in the group are Democratic Reps. Brian Higgins of New York, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Stephen Lynch and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts and Peter Welch of Vermont.

Kaine's office said Monday the delegation had visited Iraq and Kuwait over the weekend, was traveling to Jordan on Monday and will be in Turkey on Tuesday.

Donnelly's staff said he will be on official Senate business overseas for the rest of the week.

bfrancisco@jg.net