Sheikh Khamis al-Khanjarin, a wealthy Iraqi businessman talks to the Associated Press during an interview at a private villa in Dubai, Dec. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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A group of prominent Iraqi exiles is making a renewed push to unify the country's disaffected Sunni Arab minority into a cohesive political coalition and say their support is vital for beating back ISIS.Sheikh Khamis al-Khanjar, a wealthy Iraqi businessman who lives in Dubai, is another backer of the coalition.Within the next two months, the Sunni coalition leaders plan to open their Office of the Arab-Sunni Representative for Iraq in Washington.The Sunni exiles say they can generate broad support among Sunni tribes in Iraq even though they don't currently live there.Nujaifi said thousands of Sunni fighters have been mustered in northern Iraq for a possible offensive against ISIS, for example.But getting support for direct U.S. arms transfers to Sunni fighters – rather than shipments routed through Baghdad – is unlikely to happen, said Kirk Sowell, the publisher of the Inside Iraqi Politics newsletter.
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