Kerry holds Iraq talks on US strategy against jihadists

An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter fires at Islamic-State (IS) militant positions, from his position on the top of Mount Zardak, about 25km east of Mosul on September 9, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Iraq on Wednesday for talks with its new leaders on their role in a long-awaited new strategy against Islamic State jihadists to be unveiled by President Barack Obama. Iraq has been at the centre of US efforts to halt IS since its fighters spearheaded a lightning offensive in June seizing much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad.

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