Army chief says Obama not to blame for IS

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: A top military commander Wednesday defended President Barack Obama against Republican charges that his pullout from Iraq gave rise to the Islamic State. Gen. Ray Odierno, the outgoing Army chief of staff, said the Iraq exit plan was finalized in 2008 under President George W. Bush and that Iraq’s subsequent refusal to grant US troops legal immunity would have made it impossible to leave a contingent behind after the last American combat troops departed in late 2011. A number of GOP presidential candidates, most recently President Bush’s brother Jeb, have blamed the success of the Islamic State on the withdrawal of the US troops.

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