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ISIS taking control of Iraqi cities

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ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria is taking over cities in northern Iraq. (Source: FOX News) ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria is taking over cities in northern Iraq. (Source: FOX News)

(FOX News) – The United States is moving some embassy personnel in Baghdad and moving more warships into the Persian Gulf as an army of Islamist Militants take another city in Iraq.

And now there are reports that the Obama Administration is preparing to open possible direct talks with Iran, who may be an unlikely ally in all of this.

The U.S. is beefing up its military presence in the Persian Gulf sending some 500 Marines aboard the USS Mesa Verde in case the defense department need to help evacuate Americans out of Baghdad.

This is the fourth warship to be repositioned in the Gulf since a Sunni militant group with ties to al Qaeda began taking over cities in northern Iraq.

Although there are no current plans for boots on the ground. The U.S. has not ruled out the possibility of unmanned drone strikes.

"They may well be one of the options that are important to be able to stem the tide and stop the movement of people moving around in open convoys and trucks," Secretary of State John Kerry said.

Kerry also says he is open to the idea of working with Iran, an idea which has been circulating in Washington since Iraq's president came out Saturday in support of the centralized Iraqi government.

"Iran is going to help Iraq regardless of what we say," FOX News Military Analyst Gen. Jack Keane said. "We don't need Iran to help us, help Iraq."

The group, which calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, or ISIS, has seized control of territory from Syria to Iraq's second largest city of Mosul and is now reportedly just a few hundred miles from Baghdad.

Photos emerging on social media over the weekend allegedly show Iraqi soldiers executed by members of ISIS. The group claims to have killed about 1,700 Iraqi military. However, Iraqi officials say that claim is "baseless."

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