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Kerry 'Extremely Encouraged' By Pledges Of Military Support Against ISIS

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in remarks aired on Sunday he is "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East.

On the CBS program 'Face the Nation,' Kerry said some countries have offered ground troops for the effort, but "we are not looking for that at this moment anyway." He did not identify the countries.

 

"This is a strategy coming together as the coalition comes together and the countries declare what they are prepared to do," Kerry said in the interview taped on Saturday in Egypt.

 

Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for the plan, and on Thursday won the backing for a "coordinated military campaign" from 10 Arab countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

 

 

 

 

(Reporting by Will Dunham)

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