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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA,  said too many lives have been lost in Iraq. (Source: CNN) U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, said too many lives have been lost in Iraq. (Source: CNN)
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WASHINGTON, DC (CNN) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee met in Washington on Thursday to examine the options for U.S. policy in Iraq.

Concern is escalating around the situation in Iraq as the militant group ISIS continues to expand its reach across the country and the Iraqi parliament has been slow to build a new coalition government.

“The situation in Iraq, I think, is dire now and I am not about to reinvest more lives and treasure,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA. “The United States has sacrificed too much. The war costs are $2 trillion. People predicted it would be over in weeks and months. More than 4,400 Americans were killed; their families never the same, 32,000 wounded during the course of the war and we all know and I praised Senators Sanders and McCain for battling to get help for those who are suffering from physical and mental injuries. I am pleased that President Obama said unequivocally American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq. I want the record to show that I will never vote to send more combat forces in.”

The meeting comes as at least 58 inmates were killed in a suicide attack on Thursday.

Militants attacked a convoy as Iraqi security forces were transferring inmates from one prison to another, according to police.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but police said they believed it was carried out by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

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