U.S. alliance falls short of military pledges to counter Islamic State

September 5, 2014 5:26 PM

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NEWPORT, Wales — The United States forged an alliance of NATO allies who pledged to combat Islamic State militants, but fell short of firm commitments to wage a coordinated military campaign against the Sunni radical group in Syria and Iraq.

The group of 10 nations met Friday on the sidelines of a North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Newport, Wales, to discuss how to push back the militants, with President Barack Obama mustering an effort to pool allies' resources.

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