克里抵巴格达商讨应对伊斯兰国问题 Kerry in Baghdad for Talks on Tackling Islamic State

美国国务卿克里将在巴格达与伊拉克新政府商讨帮助协调对抗伊斯兰国激进分子的问题。

克里星期三清晨抵达伊拉克首都巴格达,开始为期一周的中东之行,他将会晤伊拉克总理阿巴迪。

美国希望伊拉克新政府能把伊拉克团结起来。前伊拉克领导人将逊尼派少数群体边缘化,加速了极端分子的崛起。

在克里出访之际,美国总统奥巴马星期三将发表讲话,阐述应对伊斯兰国的战略。伊斯兰国控制着伊拉克和叙利亚的部分地区。

白宫官员没有透露奥巴马总统星期三的讲话内容。奥巴马已经排除了向伊拉克派遣军队的可能性。

星期二,奥巴马向国会两院的民主党及共和党领导人概要说明了他的计划。

美国已对伊拉克境内的伊斯兰国目标发动了153次空袭,同时美国官员讨论了扩大空袭行动的可能性。

克里在启程之前说,美国正在争取建立一个广泛的全球联盟,以“对抗、削弱并最终战胜”这个极端组织。

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting in Baghdad with the new Iraqi government to help coordinate the fight against Islamic State militants.

Kerry, who is beginning a week-long tour in the region, landed early Wednesday in the Iraqi capital, where he will meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

The U.S. hopes the new government can unite Iraq, unlike its previous leaders, who were blamed for marginalizing the Sunni minority and helping give rise to extremists.

Kerry's talks come ahead of a Wednesday speech in which President Barack Obama will lay out his strategy to deal with the extremist group, which controls parts of Iraq and Syria.

White House officials have given no specifics on what Mr. Obama plans to say. The president has already ruled out sending U.S. forces back into Iraq.

On Tuesday the president briefed Democratic and Republican leaders from both houses of Congress on his plan.

The United States has already carried out 153 airstrikes on Islamic State targets inside Iraq, and U.S. officials have discussed the possibility of expanding that campaign.

Ahead of his trip, Kerry said the U.S. is trying to form a broad global coalition to "confront, degrade and ultimately defeat" the Islamic State group.