Iraq's parliamentary speaker Salim al-Jabouri says he told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry his only condition for US air strikes was that they must not cause civilian casualties. Gavino Garay reports.
As the United States tries to build regional support for deeper military action against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Iraq's parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri says he told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that precision is paramount. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQ PARLIAMENT SPEAKER SALIM AL-JABOURI SAYING: "'The only condition that we mentioned for using air strikes was for it to be precise and targeted, and to target positions of terrorists and ISIS, which have been proven with absolute certainty, that it is ISIS or terrorists." Jabouri also told Kerry that the U.S. should make every effort not to kill civilians. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) IRAQ PARLIAMENT SPEAKER SALIM AL-JABOURI SAYING: "As for air strikes that are random, which will target citizens, this is something that we reject, naturally, and we do not consider that as a constructive military strategy because it is the innocent who will pay the price, and as such, we will lose many souls and their hatred will increase.'' In a televised speech Wednesday, U.S. President Barack Obama told the American public that he vowed to "destroy" Islamic State fighters in a "systematic campaign of air strikes." More that 150 strikes have already been carried out in recent weeks. Washington's hope is that Sunnis like Jabouri -- a balancing force in Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated political system --- can help bring the country together to defeat Islamic State.