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Kerry visits Iraq to build support for anti-jihadist campaign

By Agencies in Baghdad ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-09-11 07:12:21

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks with Iraq's new prime minister - an unannounced stop on a regional tour aimed at building support for an anti-jihadist campaign.

Kerry was to meet Haidar al-Abadi, whose newly minted government is fighting to push back militants led by the Islamic State jihadist group, which has overrun large areas of the country.

Kerry will "discuss how the United States can increase its support to Iraq's new government in our common effort to defeat (IS) and the threat that it poses to Iraq, the region, and the world," US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

Kerry visits Iraq to build support for anti-jihadist campaign

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