Kerry presses Mideast allies on militant fight

September 11, 2014 3:13 PM

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Kerry presses Mideast allies on militant fight

JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry sought to pin down Middle Eastern allies gathering in Saudi Arabia on Thursday on what support they are willing to give to the new U.S. plan to beat back the Islamic State group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Regional support is seen as key to combatting the spread of the militant group, which has proved so ruthless that even al-Qaida severed ties with it earlier this year. Nearly 40 nations have agreed to contribute to what Kerry predicted will be a worldwide fight to defeat the group.

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