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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Murphy, Himes Get Local Input on Iraq

By James Lomuscio

Despite it being a warm summer day, about 60 concerned citizens turned out late today for a Westport Town Hall forum to talk about the worsening situation in Iraq.

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (r) explains the sectarian divisions in Iraq as U.S. Rep. Jim Himes listens. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Democrats U.S. Sen. Christopher Murphy and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes hosted the session in Room 201. First Selectman Jim Marpe welcomed them.

The question on everyone’s mind was what the United States—which has lost almost 4,500 soldiers in iraq since 2003—should do as Sunni insurgents led by ISIS jihadist forces make territorial gains and seek to overrun Baghdad.

Westporter Gene Cederbaum said democracy was not something embraced by tribal nations.

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