Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants




 
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Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants
 
August 14th, 2014  
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Governor of Iraq Sunni heartland says U.S. to help against militants
By Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The governor of Iraq's Sunni heartland province of Anbar said he has secured a promise of U.S. support in a battle against the Islamic State, reviving an alliance that helped thwart an earlier Sunni militant threat, from al Qaeda. Ahmed Khalaf al-Dulaimi told Reuters his request, made in meetings with U.S. diplomats and a senior military officer, included air support against the militants who have a tight grip on large parts of his desert province and northwestern Iraq. “No date was decided but it will be very soon and there will be a presence for the Americans in the western area." The was no immediate comment from U.S. officials. After its capture of the northern metropolis of Mosul in June, a swift push by the Islamic State to the borders of the autonomous ethnic Kurdish region alarmed Baghdad and last week drew the first U.S. air strikes on Iraq since the withdrawal of American troops in 2011.




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