ISIS militants pose with a Jihadist flag at an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin (11 June 2014)
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Iraq conflict: 'Muted reaction' from US 'surprising'

The "muted reaction" from the United States towards the insurgency of Islamic militants in Iraq has taken "everybody by surprise", Laith Kubba has said.

Mr Kubba, who previously worked as an adviser to the former Iraqi prime minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, told the Today programme that Iraq was in "desperate need" of support from US President Barack Obama in order to defend the country against militants, led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

The US says it is looking at "all options", including military action, to help Iraq fight the insurgency.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday 13 June.

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