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Kerry to rally Arab support after Obama vows to hit IS

US Secretary of State John Kerry looks over papers while flying from Jordan to Iraq on September 10, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the Saudi city of Jeddah on Thursday to shore up Arab support after President Barack Obama ordered a “relentless” campaign against Islamic State (IS) jihadists including air strikes in Syria. The top US diplomat, touring the Middle East to establish a coalition of more than 40 countries, is to meet with counterparts from 10 key Arab nations and Turkey on measures to defeat the jihadists in Iraq and Syria. Outlining the new US strategy, Obama pledged to expand US military operations against IS — also known as ISIL — a radical Islamist group that has seized a swathe of Iraq and Syria and committed horrifying atrocities.

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