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Kerry Bolsters New Government With Visit to Baghdad

Secretary of State John Kerry visited Baghdad today, where he pressed the country’s leaders to offer more power to the Sunni minority to help thwart the advance of Islamist militants.

Kerry met Iraq’s new Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, a Shiite Muslim, and called for action to overcome the sectarian and ethnic tensions which deepened under the previous government. Disaffection among Iraq’s Sunni Muslims helped pave the way for the advance of Islamic State, the group that’s taken over large swaths of Syria and northern Iraq and beheaded two American journalists.