PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island U.S. Rep. David Cicilline says he is opposed to the United States expanding involvement in the conflict in Iraq after U.S warplanes bombing extremist Islamic militants threatening the capital of country’s autonomous Kurdish region.

The U.S. military officially withdrew its combat forces from Iraq in late 2011 after more than eight years of war. Warplanes returned to battle Friday when jets bombed militants outside Irbil.

Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Saturday that he President Obama should not expand the U.S. military role in Iraq without securing congressional approval.

Cicilline called for a new political leadership in Iraq, saying that expanding the U.S. military role in the conflict “will ultimately lead to a re-engagement in a long and deadly sectarian war in Iraq.”

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