Militant onslaught in Iraq a threat to region, world: Maliki tells Kerry

As the talks between Iraq`s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss crisis in the besieged nation are underway, the former on Monday said that the militant onslaught is a threat to the region and the world.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2014, 18:50 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Baghdad: As the talks between Iraq`s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss crisis in the besieged nation are underway, the former on Monday said that the militant onslaught is a threat to the region and the world.

He further added that Iraq`s turmoil is likely to hamper international peace, as per statement issued from his office.

Kerry arrived today on a mission to push for Iraqi unity and stability in the face of a major militant offensive that threatens to tear the country apart.

The offensive, led by jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant but also involving other groups, has overrun major areas of five provinces north and west of Baghdad.

Security forces wilted under the initial onslaught, and are now struggling to hold their ground in the face of the relentless militant drive.

(With AFP inputs)