As more of Iraq is lost to Sunni forces, US Secretary of State John Kerry is once again pushing for a more inclusive government in the country.
Iraq is currently Shi’ite lead, with little input from other groups.
Washington has noted dissatisfaction with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s leadership among Sunnis, Kurds and some Shi’ites.
Since withdrawing its troops from Iraq in 2011, the US has been struggling to help contain a Sunni insurgency lead by al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Washington is worried Maliki’s government may have aggravated the uprising by alienating moderate Sunnis who once fought against al-Qaeda.
While in Baghdad, Kerry will discuss actions underway to help Iraq as it fights militant advances. He is expected to press the country’s leaders to quickly form a new government that represents the interests of all Iraqis.