US urges global 'coalition' to fight IS jihadists

Police officers stand guard on Downing Street in London on August 29, 2014US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a global coalition to combat Islamic State fighters’ “genocidal agenda” after President Barack Obama admitted he had no strategy to tackle the group. The number of refugees who have fled Syria, where rebels have been battling the regime as well as jihadists, has now exceeded three million people, the United Nations said. Writing in the New York Times, a week before a NATO summit in Wales, Kerry urged “a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations.” He said he and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel would meet with European counterparts on the sidelines of the summit to enlist assistance, and then travel on to the Middle East to build support “among the countries that are most directly threatened.”

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