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The international coalition fighting ISIS extremists could be jeopardized if the Baghdad government fails to bridge Iraq's sectarian divide, the U.S. military's top officer warned Monday.Iraq's political leaders have yet to deliver on promises to reach out to the Sunni population and have raised concerns in the region by forging closer ties to Iran, Gen. Martin Dempsey said after spending several hours in Baghdad.In the longer term, the solidarity of the anti-ISIS coalition – which includes Sunni Arab states – could be put at risk, Dempsey told reporters in Manama.Iran's role has taken on new importance in recent days as Shiite militia armed and trained by Tehran are playing a high-profile role in a major offensive against ISIS in Tikrit, north of the Iraqi capital.In a joint news conference with Dempsey in Baghdad, Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi made no apologies for enlisting military aid from Iran.ISIS has sought to exploit the grievances of alienated Sunnis in Iraq, and Dempsey has urged Baghdad to tackle what he calls the "underlying" sectarian issue.
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