Obama intervened over crumbling Iraqi dam as U.S. concern grew




 
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Obama intervened over crumbling Iraqi dam as U.S. concern grew
 
March 22nd, 2016  
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Obama intervened over crumbling Iraqi dam as U.S. concern grew
By Warren Strobel, Jonathan Landay and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - On Jan. 21, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iraq's prime minister in Davos, Switzerland, and handed him a personal note from President Barack Obama pleading for urgent action. Obama's confidential message to Haider al-Abadi, which was confirmed to Reuters by two U.S. officials and has not been previously reported, was not about Islamic State or Iraq's sectarian divide. The president's personal intervention indicates how the fragile Mosul Dam has moved to the forefront of U.S. concerns over Iraq, reflecting fears its failure would also undermine U.S. efforts to stabilize Abadi's government and complicate the war against Islamic State.




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