Iraq reconciliation would help counter Islamic State - U.S. military

February 3, 2015 9:04 PM

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Iraq reconciliation would help counter Islamic State - U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led air war against Islamic State militants has frozen the immediate threat from that group, and now is the time for Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated government to mend its rift with disenfranchised Sunnis, U.S. military officials said on Tuesday.

"Quite frankly, we need to see in Iraq political outreach that addresses the fact that some 20 million Sunnis are disenfranchised with their government," Lieutenant General William Mayville told a hearing on global threats facing the United States.

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