BAGHDAD (AP) - Secretary of State John Kerry says an "existential threat" in Iraq means the U.S. is prepared to take military action even if Baghdad delays political reforms,.
Speaking in Baghdad, Kerry said the risks of a Sunni insurgency spearheaded by extremists threaten dangers beyond Iraq's borders.
But Kerry said any military action would not be in support of the present Shiite-led government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Kerry warned that the future of the country "depends primarily on the ability of Iraq's leaders to come together and take a stand" against extremists.
Kerry arrived in Baghdad just a day after the Sunni militants captured two key border posts, one along the frontier with Jordan and the other with Syria.