Date
26 September 2017
John Kerry poses for a picture with Arab foreign ministers after talks in Jeddah on Thursday. Washington has won backing for a ‘coordinated military campaign’ against Islamic State fighters in both Iraq and Syria. Photo: Reuters
John Kerry poses for a picture with Arab foreign ministers after talks in Jeddah on Thursday. Washington has won backing for a ‘coordinated military campaign’ against Islamic State fighters in both Iraq and Syria. Photo: Reuters

US builds support for new campaign against Islamic State

Washington has launched an initiative to win military and financial backing from Arab states and European allies, as well as the US Congress, for a new campaign against Islamic State militants.

Following talks in Jeddah on Thursday, Secretary of State John Kerry won the support of 10 Arab nations for a coordinated military campaign against Islamic extremists in both Iraq and Syria, Reuters reported.

The strategy is said to have received early backing from France and Germany, as well as the UK.

Meanwhile, officials briefed members of the US Congress ahead of a vote, expected next week, to approve extra funding to train so-called moderate Syrian rebels to help in the fight, according to the Financial Times.

President Barack Obama said the US will broaden its air attacks against Islamic State forces in Iraq and was ready to conduct air strikes against the group across the border in Syria.

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