Iraq PM concedes political solution needed to ISIS militant offensive
Published on Jun 26, 2014 9:05 PM
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki conceded on Thursday that political measures were needed alongside military action to repel a Sunni insurgent offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq and threatens to tear it apart.
His remarks came during a meeting with visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who reiterated Western calls for Iraqi leaders to unite in the face of a militant onslaught that has killed more than 1,000 people and displaced more than half a million.
On the ground, fighters continued to target key towns and infrastructure but security forces appeared to be performing better than in the initial days of the advance, when they largely wilted.
Powerful Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr meanwhile vowed to "shake the ground" under the feet of the advancing Sunni militants, risking ratcheting up already-high sectarian tensions.
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