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Kerry calls for shutoff of funding to Islamists

US Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Arab nations to cooperate in cutting off funding sources for Islamist militants in Iraq.

Kerry met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the situation in Iraq, where battles continue between Islamic insurgents and government forces.

After the meeting, Kerry said the rise of Islamist militants in Iraq is a threat to the entire Middle East region. He added that funding from Arab countries is supporting anti-government Islamic extremists in Syria.

The United States is sending up to 300 military advisors to Iraq and is trying to break the deadlock through diplomatic negotiations.
Kerry will continue discussions on visits to Jordan and other countries in the region. Some US media are reporting that Kerry may also visit Iraq.

Attention is now focused on how he will negotiate with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

Jun. 22, 2014 - Updated 20:56 UTC