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Kerry promises 'intense and sustained' support for Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. Kerry met Iraq's prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. Kerry met Iraq's prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as...more

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (R) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meet at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. Kerry met Iraq's prime minister in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Members of Iraqi security forces take their positions during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Members of Iraqi security forces take their positions during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

Members of Iraqi security forces take their positions during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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A member of the Iraqi security forces takes position during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

A member of the Iraqi security forces takes position during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed

A member of the Iraqi security forces takes position during a patrol looking for militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) at the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mushtaq Muhammed
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Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Usama al-Nujayfi (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Usama al-Nujayfi (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Usama al-Nujayfi (R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Members of Kurdish security forces take up positions with their weapons while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul June 22, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Members of Kurdish security forces take up positions with their weapons while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul June 22, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday to push...more

Members of Kurdish security forces take up positions with their weapons while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul June 22, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Baghdad on Monday to push for a more inclusive government, even as Baghdad's forces abandoned the border with Jordan, leaving the entire Western frontier outside government control. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (2nd L) greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) ahead of the latter's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (2nd L) greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) ahead of the latter's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan...more

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (2nd L) greets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) ahead of the latter's meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (unseen) at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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A member of the Kurdish security forces takes up position with his weapon while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the Kurdish security forces takes up position with his weapon while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A member of the Kurdish security forces takes up position with his weapon while guarding an oil refinery, on the outskirts of Mosul, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (front) waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (front) waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (front) waits for the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry ahead of their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) leaves the U.S. Embassy ahead of his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his office, in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) leaves the U.S. Embassy ahead of his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his office, in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (2nd R) leaves the U.S. Embassy ahead of his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his office, in Baghdad June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
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Iraqi security forces and volunteers, who have joined the fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in a patrol on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi security forces and volunteers, who have joined the fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in a patrol on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province,...more

Iraqi security forces and volunteers, who have joined the fight against the predominantly Sunni militants from the radical Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), take part in a patrol on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Iraqi security forces fire artillery during clashes with Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on the outskirts of the town of Udaim in Diyala province, June 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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