Sunni politicians urge new Iraq PM to unite country against terrorists

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
This comes after the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki late Thursday.

As US airstrikes continue against Isis militants, Iraq works to seat a new government.

WASHINGTON, DC (NBC) - Sunni politicians in Iraq are pressing its new prime minister for greater influence to finally unite the country against Isis terrorists.

This comes after the resignation of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki late Thursday.

On Friday, several European countries pledged more weapons for fighters in Iraq to battle Islamic militants terrorizing dozens of cities and towns.

Most Sunni groups had given up on Iraq's former prime minister who stepped down. Now they say they are willing to talk.

As US airstrikes continue against Isis militants, Iraq works to seat a new government.

Sunni politicians are hoping for more inclusion under incoming Prime Minister Haider al Abadi.

Counter-terrorism experts say this change may be Iraq's best hope to unite its fractured country.

On Friday, the European union held an emergency meeting and pledged more military and humanitarian aid to help Iraq's new government.

Weapons and ammunition will be shipped to the Kurds, who have been most effective in beating back Isis militants. It's help the US welcomes.

The European Union has also pledged to freeze the assets of groups who are financing Isis fighters.

More international humanitarian aid is reaching Iraq. These supplies are coming from Germany.

Iraq is overwhelmed with people displaced from their homes - many living under bridges - because they have nowhere safe to go.

"The US is also pledging more humanitarian aid, and more airstrikes to help Iraqi forces fight their own battle against Isis militants.


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