John Kerry: U.S. Open to Talks with Iran

by Greg Pollowitz

Residents of a religiously mixed town in northern Iraq fled for their lives into the desert on Monday after al-Qaeda renegades stormed in, and Secretary of State John F. Kerry said U.S. drone strikes “may well be” an option to help stop the insurgents’ advances.

In an interview with Yahoo News, Kerry said the radical Islamist fighters sweeping through northern Iraq post “an existential challenge” to the country and threaten the stability of the region. He said President Obama was thoroughly considering “every option that is available,” including drone strikes, and he stressed that “we are deeply committed to the integrity of Iraq as a country.”

erry also said the United States is open to talks with Iran about the situation in Iraq, and he would not rule out military cooperation with the longtime U.S. adversary.

He made the comments as Iraq appeared to be descending into a new round of bloodletting. . .