Kerry says U.S. might strike before Iraqis settle leadership

In Baghdad, he cites threat posed by militants for position

Posted: June 24, 2014 at 4:14 a.m.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry greets U.S. Marines as he arrives at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, June 23, 2014. Kerry said the fate of Iraq may be decided over the next week and is largely dependent on whether its leaders meet a deadline for starting to build a new government. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

BAGHDAD -- Wrapping up a day of crisis talks with Iraqi leaders, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Sunni militants seizing territory in Iraq had become such a threat that the United States might not wait for Iraqi politicians to form a new government before taking military action.

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