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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 17:20
John Kerry seeks coalition against Islamic State
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has landed in Baghdad in Iraq at the start of a Middle East tour to build support for action against Islamic State.

Kerry is due to meet new Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi less than 48 hours after a unity government was agreed.

An inclusive government was a condition for greater US and Nato support in the fight against IS militants who have taken over large parts of the country.

President Barack Obama is due to outline his plans to combat the IS later.

He said that he had authority to widen military action against IS without the approval of Congress, but said he would still ask lawmakers to endorse the arming of Syrian opposition forces.
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