In Egypt, Kerry says Iraqis should decide who leads them

June 23, 2014 4:58 PM

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry, on a Mideast mission to help stave off the unraveling of Iraq, said Sunday it was up to the Iraqi people to decide who should lead them – but pointedly noted wishes across the Iraqi political spectrum to “not continue the mistakes of the past.”

The secretary, inaugurating his regional swing with a stop in Cairo, also sought to dampen Arab states’ funding of opposition groups in Syria, pointing to the Iraq crisis as proof of the dangers of the spillover effect of the Syrian civil war.

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