Friday, September 5, 2014

US says forms 'core coalition' to counter ISIS/ISIL militants

The United States said on Sept. 5 it was forming a "core coalition" to battle Islamic State in Syria and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Iraq, calling for broad support from allies and partners but ruling out committing ground forces.

"We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a meeting of 10 nations.

"Obviously I think that's a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground."

The defense and foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark met on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Wales to discuss a strategy for addressing the Sunni militant group that has taken over swathes of Iraqi and Syrian territory. 

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