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Kerry condemns 'barbarity' of Islamic State militants


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Kerry condemns 'barbarity' of Islamic State militants

The US Secretary of State has warned Islamic State militants the international community will not idly stand by.

John Kerry is in Iraq on the start of a Middle East tour during which he hopes to forge a financial and military alliance against the group he accuses of “spreading evil”.

“There is literally no place for their barbarity in the modern world. This is a fight that the Iraqi people must win, but it’s also a fight that the rest of the world needs to win with them. And it’s a fight that the United States and the rest of the world need to support every single step of the way,” Kerry said.

His visit comes hours before a speech in which US President Barack Obama will try to rally Americans behind another war in a region he has long sought to leave.

But it will be hard to placate all the forces in Iraq. Three car bombs exploded on Wednesday in a Shi’ite neighbourhood of eastern Baghad, killing nine people and injuring 29 others.

Sectarian tensions appear as entrenched as ever, possibly worsened by a month of US air strikes on Sunni Jihadists.

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