Iraqi leader will seek continued U.S. help in ISIL fight

April 12, 2015 7:50 PM

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WASHINGTON — In his first visit as prime minister, Iraq's Haider al-Abadi arrives in Washington this week seeking more help from the United States to battle the Islamic State, which has seized nearly one-third of his country.

The U.S. will likely be receptive to the request because it also sees the terrorist group as a growing threat. But the U.S. will also have an appeal of its own — that Iraq pursues reconciliation among sectarian groups and keeps its distance from Shiite militias backed by Iran.

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