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No military solution to Iraq problems: US Treasury Secretary

Published on Jun 18, 2014 5:17 PM
Members of Kurdish Peshmerga forces stand atop a hill during clashes with militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group in Jalawla in the Diyala province on June 14, 2014. The United States is concerned with the situation there, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, but it is not looking at the situation as a military challenge. -- PHOTO: AFP

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - The United States is not looking for a military solution in Iraq, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday.

Speaking at a forum in Jerusalem, Lew said the United States was concerned about the "grave situation" in Iraq.

"As the President (Barack Obama) makes a decision on next steps, let me be clear that this is not primarily a military challenge," Lew said.

"While it is evident that Iraq needs significantly more help to break the momentum of extremist groups and bolster the capabilities of Iraqi security forces, there is no military solution that will solve Iraq's problems."