McCain Surprised by al-Maliki’s Move into Basra

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Tells reporters he was thrown by Iraqi president’s decision to take troops into a battle in the southern Iraqi city in recent days without notifying the U.S. first or finishing operations in Mosul.

Says in Meridian, Mississippi: “I just am surprised that he would take it on himself, to go down and take charge of a military offensive.”

Also said he was disturbed by some of demands coming from Shi’ite Cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who called for ceasefire Sunday.

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