Iraq says fall of Mosul ‘dramatic’

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iol pic wld Greece EU Iraq AP Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari reacts to the heat before a group photo during an EU-Arab league Foreign Ministers summit in Athen. Picture: Petros Giannakouris

Athens - Baghdad will cooperate with Kurdish forces to try to drive militant out of Mosul, Iraq's foreign minister said on Wednesday, a day after an al-Qaeda splinter group seized the country's second biggest city.

“There will be closer co-operation between Baghdad and the regional Kurdistan government to work together and flush out these foreign fighters,” Hoshyar Zebari said on the sidelines of a EU-Arab League meeting in Athens.

He did not give details about the co-operation between the two forces. The Kurdish Peshmerga have long been a force in the jockeying between Shi'as, Kurds and Sunnis for influence and control of northern Iraqi oilfields.

Describing the fall of Mosul as “dramatic”, Zebari called on all Iraqi leaders to come together to face the “serious, mortal” threat to the country.

“The response has to be soon,” he said. “You cannot leave these people to stay there to entrench themselves for a long time.”

Earlier on Wednesday, security sources said militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), an offshoot of al-Qaeda, advanced into the oil refinery town of Baiji, setting the courthouse and police station on fire. - Reuters

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