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Washington pushes Iraq to form a more inclusive government

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Washington pushes Iraq to form a more inclusive government


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.

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