2014-08-30T183451Z_1_LYNXMPEA7T0BN_RTROPTP_2_AUSTRALIA-USA-KERRY

U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State: Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry speaks at a news conference at the conclusion of the AUSMIN meeting at Admiralty House in SydneySecretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilizing the region and beyond. “With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries,” Kerry wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Saturday. Public anger over the beheading of American journalist James Foley has led President Barack Obama to consider military strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. So far, the United States has limited its actions to the group’s forces in Iraq.

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