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Ben Rhodes: Iraqis should focus on fighting ISIS

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Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama, said Wednesday that a blame game between Iraqi political factions is not “constructive” and that all Iraqis should focus on confronting the threat posed by the Islamist State of Iraq and Syria. (ISIS)


“The threat in Iraq, it needs to be seen as ISIL. That is the threat to all Iraq and that has to be the focus of Iraq's leaders.” Rhodes told Al Arabiya’s senior correspondent in Washington Nadia Bilbassy.


“We do not believe it is constructive to have rhetoric that seeks to shift blame to different political entities within Iraq. The focus should be on working with all Iraqis to confront the threat of ISIL,” he added.