US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shake hands as they pose for a photograph before a meeting at the US Chief of Mission Residence in Paris June 26, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ Brendan Smialowski)
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Israel offered Thursday to help moderate Arab nations threatened by a lightning offensive by Islamic militants in Iraq, as the country's top diplomat met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have captured a swathe of territory in northern Iraq in a lightning assault which is threatening to tear the country apart.Kerry was holding a series of meetings with Middle East allies in Paris to discuss the crisis in Iraq after visiting both Baghdad and Arbil to press Iraqi leaders to unify against the dangers posed by ISIS. The conflict also appears to be broadening with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki confirming Syria's air force struck Sunni militants on the Syrian side of the Iraq-Syria border this week.
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