Sunni allies meet with Kerry about Iraq insurgent crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry (WPA Pool, Getty Images)
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Updated: 6/26 4:27 pm

PARIS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with America's top Sunni state allies in the Mideast on Thursday, to discuss the growing turmoil that has been spawned by a Sunni Muslim insurgency group there.

Kerry called the threat, posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a concern and a critical issue for all of the nations represented at Thursday's meeting in Paris. They include Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. 

Kerry also met earlier Thursday with the Sunni former prime minister of Lebanon.

Kerry said ISIL's bloody march across northern Iraq and its involvement in Syria's civil war would be a focus of the talks.

He predicted that the diplomats will also discuss Iran's nuclear program, and the stalled peace effort between Israel and Palestine authorities.

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