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Iraq requests US air strikes on jihadists: Minister

Published on Jun 18, 2014 11:30 PM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Iraq has asked the United States to conduct air strikes against jihadist-led Sunni militants that have seized key cities and large swathes of the country, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said on Wednesday.

"Iraq has officially asked Washington to help under the security agreement (between the two countries), and to conduct air strikes against terrorist groups," Zebari told reporters in Saudi Arabia.