Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

September 16, 2014 5:23 AM

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Insight - U.S. scouts for Sunni allies on the ground in Iraq

BAGHDAD/AMMAN (Reuters) - Unwilling to send U.S. troops back to Iraq, Washington is trying to persuade armed Sunni factions and tribal figures to fight Islamic State militants in an echo of the "Awakening" movement that drove al Qaeda from the country six years ago.

"There is a lot of traffic right now,” James Jeffrey, a veteran diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Iraq from 2010-2012 and maintains close ties to the government in Baghdad.

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