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Kerry Calls for Global Coalition to Fight Islamic State

FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a broad global coalition to combat Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS.

In an article published in The New York Times Saturday, Kerry said the terrorist group is a rising threat, not just in Iraq and Syria, but anywhere they could manage to travel undetected - including the United States.

He said ISIS fighters have exhibited repulsive savagery and cruelty, but could be checked with a united response of the "broadest possible coalition of nations" led by the United States.

President Barack Obama has said that he currently has no strategy to tackle the Islamic State group, but Kerry said in his newspaper piece that Washington will put forward an action plan at a summit of the U.N. Security Council in September during the General Assembly session.

Kerry ended the piece by saying, "Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their people unite to oppose them."

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by: meanbill from: USA
August 30, 2014 7:46 PM
What stops Obama and the NATO countries from attacking the (ISIL) Sunni Muslim terrorist army in Syria, and putting boots on the ground to defeat them?... (One word)... FEAR.
FEAR... of US or NATO troop beheadings on the worldwide news, and the reactions they would cause from the American and European citizens to them?
Picture it?..... Americans and NATO countries citizens being beheaded on the news, and the American and Europeans reaction to it?..... That's the picture Obama and other NATO leaders see?..... Makes Obama indecisive and hesitant doesn't it?....... REALLY

by: Joan Camara
August 30, 2014 7:27 PM
I sure hope we quit seeing all this lip service, and start seeing more action. But wait, we have muslim terrorists camps all over this country, as well as Michigan...sleeper cells everywhere....radical muslims hanging their flags near the w. house, etc etc.....so we need a global coalition to take care of this enemy in our OWN COUNTRY!!??? How bout clean up our own back yard???

by: meanbill from: USA
August 30, 2014 7:03 PM
How fearsome is the (ISIL) al-Baghdadi Sunni Muslim terrorist army?.... The US and NATO won't put boots on the ground, to wage war against this (ISIL) al-Baghdadi Sunni Muslim terrorist army, because the US and NATO hasn't defeated any terrorist group, and only killed terrorist individuals, isn't that true?
IF the US can find just one Islamic country besides Iraq and Syria to wage war against the (ISIL) al-Baghdadi Sunni Muslim terrorist army, it'll be a miracle?.... The Islamic countries fear, that the (ISIL) Sunni Muslim terrorist army and other terrorists, will follow them home, and end up waging war on them, and then they'll become another Iraq or Syria?... (Don't criticize?... The US has an ocean of separation from the terrorists, and the Islamic countries just have lightly guarded land borders, don't they?
They are more afraid to fight the (ISIL) terrorist army, than the US and NATO is, and all the excuses the US makes. won't change the facts, that the US and NATO are reluctant to fight the (ISIL) terrorist army by themselves, that once started out as the Islamic Sunni Muslim "Free Syrian Army" that the US and NATO armed and trained, to fight and defeat the Shia Muslim led government of Assad, didn't it?
What goes around, comes back around, and it'll kick you in the butt, and arming and training Sunni Muslims to fight Shia Muslims in Syria, doesn't make common sense now, does it?

by: Truesage Idowu from: Nigeria
August 30, 2014 3:09 PM
ISIS, IS, ISIL whatever are children of the actions of the west. During the uprising that flushed away some long standing leaders mainly in north Africa Libya, Egypt etc, the west supported treachery.
The cold war of the west in Syria has now yield the desired result of the re-birth of bestiality. This has spread to Iraq and hopefully more countries if the plague is not stopped in time.
One cannot comprehend the level of depth this crisis will reach in terms of the nations that will be sucked in and the implosive repercussions in the West and Africa at the appointed time.
In the meantime, weapons making companies in God knows where are smiling to the bank.

by: Old Timer from: US
August 30, 2014 11:58 AM
Do you ever wonder how a terrorist group keeps its social networking accounts open? Isis is the best terrorist group money can buy. Repent, Get Saved, Get Raptured. Jesus Christ is waiting and watching.

by: shelia betscber from: texas
August 30, 2014 9:33 AM
Let president do his job an people stop trying to overrule on ever thing he try to
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by: Joan Camara
August 30, 2014 7:20 PM
Keep eating your GMO's, Msg, pesticides, and the thousand of other UNnatural chemicals their putting in 98% of grocery store food. Your brain is finished.

by: Scott P
August 30, 2014 8:56 AM
This is the very best first step. Let all western nations that are truly concerned about the Jihadists contribute something - ideas, human resource, intelligence, military action, etc. Problem is not a US-only one.

by: jay from: ahmedabad.india
August 30, 2014 8:00 AM
Nice to this line

by: santosh shukla from: shahdol mp india
August 30, 2014 7:32 AM
Terrorist are very dengerous to humankind all countries should be jointly operated till ends terrorist

by: Guy Holder
August 30, 2014 7:21 AM
Isn't Kerry just being Islamaphobic?
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by: Joan Camara
August 30, 2014 7:23 PM
Isn't Guy just being Sarcastic? If not, you sure need to catch up on some reading!
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by: Mr a from: New York
August 30, 2014 4:23 PM
Are You accusing Kerry of being Islam phobia. These are the words by Muslim to justify all violent against humanity . once a person is taking about the savage radical Muslim killing , beheading, drive people from their home is accused as Islam phobia, bigot ,intolerance, fanatic, imperialism . Quite honest I believe that Islam is a violent religion and should have no place in western countries . Islam is converted the human being into an animal and they called him is jihadist who is willing to blow himself or beheaded innocent people even they beheaded children . Muslim should be ashamed from themselves when these horrific crimes is connected to Islam

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