Sunnis balk at latest reconciliation effort in Iraq

U.S. President Barack Obama’s effort to have Arabs take the lead in combating Islamic State suffered a setback when Sunni lawmakers quit talks on forming a new Iraqi government after Shiite gunmen killed scores of worshipers at a Sunni mosque.

The killings in Diyala province derailed at least temporarily attempts to form an Iraqi government with bigger roles for Sunni Arabs and Kurds that would strengthen the fight against the terrorist group. Tensions remained high today after a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden car into the gate of the intelligence headquarters in Baghdad, killing at least 11, the Associated Press reported.

The breakdown in talks came as U.S. officials underscored a growing threat posed by Islamic State, which also is known as ISIL, for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.