In this Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 photo, Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen fire at Islamic State group positions during an operation outside Amirli, some 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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NATO leaders grappled Thursday with whether the alliance has a role in containing the mounting threat posed by ISIS as Britain weighed up joining the U.S. in arming the Kurds.Iraq's Prime Minister-designate Haider al-Abadi said last week he was optimistic about forming a new government soon.Abadi is tasked with forming a power-sharing administration to ease tensions and counter ISIS militants who pose the biggest security threat to Iraq since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 . Speaking as he arrived at the summit, NATO chief Ander Fogh Rasmussen said the body would also consider stepping up assistance for Iraq in its fight against ISIS.
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