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Iraq PM under fire as US mulls air strikes on militants

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Top US officials warned Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki against "sectarian" policies as President Barack Obama Thursday weighed calls for air strikes on Sunni insurgents bearing down on Baghdad. 

Iraqi men brandish their weapons as they show their willingness to join Iraqi security forces in the fight against Jihadist militants who have taken over several northern Iraqi cities on June 18, 2014, in the southern city of Basra

The sharp criticism of the embattled premier came as he scrambled to push back militants who have seized the country's second largest city Mosul and a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in an offensive that could threaten Iraq's very existence.

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