Kerry in Cairo to drum up support for 'war' on jihadists

John Kerry (right) talks to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi at a meeting in Cairo on September 13, 2014Secretary of State John Kerry arrived Saturday in Cairo on the latest leg of a regional tour to forge a coalition in the US-led war on jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Egypt’s formidable army is unlikely to take part in military action against the Islamic State jihadists (IS), but it has closely cooperated with America on counter-terrorism. The United States says it is “at war” with IS and has named John Allen, a hawkish former commander in Afghanistan and Iraq, to coordinate its campaign against the movement that has seized large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

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