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Wednesday, March 11, 2015, Falgun 27, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 19, 1436 Hijr

Iraq's divide could strain anti-IS coalition: US
Published : Wednesday, 11 March, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 8

MANAMA, Mar 10 : The international coalition fighting Islamic State extremists could be jeopardised if the Baghdad government fails to bridge Iraq's sectarian divide, the US military's top officer warned on Monday.
Iraq's political leaders have yet to deliver on promises to reach out to the Sunni population and have raised concerns in the region by forging closer ties to Shiite-led Iran, General Martin Dempsey said after spending several hours in Baghdad.
For the longer term, the solidarity of the anti-IS coalition -- which includes Sunni Arab states -- could be put at risk, Dempsey told reporters in Manama.
In Cairo, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi called on Monday for the creation of a unified Arab force to battle Islamic extremist groups.
"There is an urgent need for the creation of a multi-purpose common Arab military force... able to intervene rapidly to fight terrorism and the activities of terrorist groups," he said.     ?AFP

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