(AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
(AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

What can the U.S. do to help battle a rising insurgency in Iraq now controlling more towns and a pair of border crossings? Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping to provide diplomatic muscle, making a trip to Baghdad.

FOX News Radio's Jared Halpern reports from Wshington:

This is the diplomatic push, coupled with military assets.

Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki, as well as Sunni and Kurdish leaders, urging Iraqi officials to quickly setup a new parliament and cabinet after April's elections.

U.S. officials have been critical Maliki's government has failed to be inclusive and is calling on him to do more to ease long-standing sectarian rifts.

President Obama has ordered as many as 300 military advisers to Iraq to train Iraq's military and gain better on-the-ground intelligence.

In Washington, Jared Halpern, FOX News Radio.

Watch a VIDEO below of Secretary Kerry's remarks to the media while in Iraq: 

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