British minister says Iraq must quell Sunni fears amid advance

March 3, 2015 4:31 PM

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RIYADH: Iraq's government needs to show Sunni Muslim citizens that it is on their side as its forces, alongside Shiite militias, advance towards areas held by ISIS militants, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said Tuesday.

Iraq's military push towards Tikrit, a mostly Sunni city, has involved thousands of Shiite militiamen, witnesses have said. That is raising fears it will aggravate sectarian tensions of the kind ISIS, locally known as Daesh, thrives on.

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