File - Iraq's Sunni parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri speaks about Musab bin Omair Mosque, where Friday's attack killed tens of people, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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Iraq's Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry this week that airstrikes on ISIS militants should not kill civilians, the speaker said to Reuters in an interview.A doctor of law, Jabouri says he believes in Baghdad's government; two of his brothers were killed by the Sunni militant group Al-Qaeda in Iraq. But he also appeals to Sunnis who are skeptical of Iraq's Shiite political elite. Washington hopes that Sunnis like Jabouri can help bring the country together to defeat ISIS. To help win Sunnis over, Jabouri argued that the Iraqi security forces needed to stop immediately their use of indiscriminate "barrel bombs" and artillery to batter Sunni areas of Iraq where ISIS fighters are in control. Washington only agreed to deepen its involvement in Iraq on the condition that newly appointed Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi formed an inclusive government, bringing in Sunnis who had been isolated by his controversial predecessor, Nouri al-Maliki.
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