Iraq's Foreign Minister says country faces ‘mortal threat’

Iraq's Foreign Minister says country faces ‘mortal threat’

PanARMENIAN.Net - Iraq's Foreign Minister said the fall of the major northern city of Mosul to insurgents must push the country's leaders to work together and deal with the "serious, mortal threat" facing Iraq, the Associated Press reports.

Hoshyar Zebari made the comments in Athens Wednesday, June 11, on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union and Arab League Foreign Ministers. He said he assured his colleagues there would be "closer cooperation" between Baghdad and the Kurdistan regional government to push the insurgents out of Mosul.

Most of the city was seized Tuesday in a major assault by al Qaeda-inspired militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Zebari said they could be pushed back "by the Iraqi security forces in cooperation with the Kurdish peshmerga forces," adding that the response had to come "soon."

 Top stories
The Council of Europe announced it is withdrawing its representative from the joint working group on human rights in Azerbaijan.
The Russians told the United States that they should not fly U.S. warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information.
Because liquid water is essential to life, the finding could have major implications for the possibility of microscopic life forms on Mars.
“If our very vital and close partner ODIHR cannot observe, that we also don’t observe in Azerbaijan,” OSCE PA President said.
Partner news