Other Crises Overshadow Growing Violence In Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) - Security crises in Egypt, Syria and other countries are overshadowing rising death tolls and new fears of civil war in Iraq, once the top U.S. priority in the Mideast. However, the prospect that sectarian violence could fuel instability beyond Iraq's borders remains a concern for the Obama administration.

Officials and experts say the White House's attention is focused elsewhere - even as more than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the deadliest month since 2008.

At Thursday's meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iraqi counterpart, one of the main topics was flights of weapons from Iran across Iraqi airspace into Syria as well as the threat from al-Qaida fighters along the Iraqi-Syrian border.