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Intelligence blind spots in Iraq due to U.S troop withdrawl

Intelligence blind spots in Iraq hampered U.S. response to an Al-Qaida inspired militant group taking over parts of the Country.

Current and former U.S officials say after American troops left Iraq in 2011, CIA and other agencies were mainly confined to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

A senior U.S. Intelligence official acknowledged that info gathering diminished significantly after the troop withdrawal.