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Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, wins support for anti-Islamic State coalition
Kerry, in Saudi Arabia, wins support for anti-Islamic State coalition

A day after what amounted to a call to arms from President Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Thursday won cautious promises from regional allies to help in the fight against the Islamic State, the Sunni Muslim extremist group which now controls large swaths of Syria and Iraq. In a joint statement issued in the Red Sea city of Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, and other Persian Gulf states, together with Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq, declared their support for a common stand against terrorism, and pledged concrete steps including stopping foreign fighters on their way to the fight in Iraq and Syria, and shutting down conduits for funding. In addition, the communique promised to join in...

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