Hillary Clinton says Iraq is deteriorating, militant group's effectiveness is surprising

The Associated Press
June 12, 2014 09:32 AM

Hillary Clinton's daughter Chelsea shakes hands with a member of the audience after her mother a participated in a conversation about her career in government and her new book, "Hard Choices.," at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York, Thursday, June 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Hillary Clinton says what's happening in Iraq is "a dreadful, deteriorating situation" and she's surprised by the effectiveness of the al-Qaida-inspired group that has captured major cities there.

The former U.S. secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender spoke Thursday during an event at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant led this week's seizure of key Sunni-dominated cities in Iraq. The group has vowed to march to Baghdad.

Clinton says she was surprised by how effective the group has been at taking cities and trying to erase boundaries.

Clinton is promoting her new book, "Hard Choices."

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