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UN backs Iraq government against terrorism

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is unanimously supporting Iraq's government and people in their fight against terrorism and urging a national dialogue including all political and religious groups.

But the council took no action after discussing the crisis sparked by the capture of two key cities by an al-Qaida-inspired group and hearing a closed briefing from the top U.N. envoy in Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov, on Thursday.

Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, the current council president, told reporters afterward that members "strongly condemned all terrorist and extremist activities" and urged support to address the humanitarian crisis.

Churkin said the root causes lie in the failure to rebuild Iraq and its armed forces before U.S. troops departed.

"As far as we are concerned we believe that the mission was not accomplished," he said.

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