Arabs back anti-IS move as Syria warns on 'attacks'

US Secratery of State John Kerry meets with Arab leaders at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal on September 11, 2014 in JeddahArab nations rallied behind US President Barack Obama’s call to expand operations against jihadists in Iraq and Syria, as Damascus warned it would consider any action on its territory as an attack. Ten states, including heavyweight Saudi Arabia, “agreed to do their share in the comprehensive fight” against Islamic State, said a statement after a meeting between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Arab counterparts. Iraq’s new unity government and the Syrian opposition welcomed Obama’s plan, but Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime and powerful ally Russia condemned it.

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