US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out over Baghdad from a helicopter on Sept. 10, 2014.
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September 10, 2014 7:10 AM EDT

Secretary of State John Kerry landed in Baghdad on Wednesday to drum up support for the battle against the brutal extremists terrorizing Iraq and to meet with the country’s newly elected prime minister.

The visit is part of Washington’s efforts to snuff out the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, known as ISIS, which has threatened to tear Iraq apart. In the first major meeting with Iraq’s Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, Kerry will urge the premier to take rapid steps to ease sectarian tensions between Iraq’s Sunni Muslims and its Shiite majority. Upon arrival in Baghdad, Kerry tweeted that “inclusive government is a big step” for Iraq…

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