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June 16, 2014 9:48 PM

U.S. considers 'all options' as Iraq teeters on brink of chaos

Al-Qaida-inspired insurgents battled government forces in several locations across Iraq on Monday, as the United Nations said the insurgents almost certainly had committed war crimes by carrying out “cold-blooded executions” in their drive for power. The stunning offensive by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses “an existential challenge” to Iraq and threatens the stability of the region, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. He said President Barack Obama is considering “every option that is available,” including airstrikes. In a highly unusual move, Iranian and U.S. diplomats Monday discussed possible cooperation to help stop the insurgents’ advance.

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