US mulls 'all options' as militants move nearer Baghdad
Published on Jun 13, 2014 6:46 AM
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Jihadists moved nearer to Baghdad on Thursday after capturing a town just hours to the north, as President Barack Obama said Washington was exploring all options to save Iraq's security forces from collapse.
With the militants closing in on the capital, forces from Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region took control of Kirkuk, an ethnically divided northern city they have sought to rule for decades against the objections of successive governments in Baghdad.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hosyhar Zebari acknowledged the security forces which Washington invested billions in training and equipping before withdrawing its own troops in 2011, had simply melted away.
Mr Obama said Iraq was going to need "more help from the United States and from the international community." "Our national security team is looking at all the options... I don't rule out anything," he said.
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