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Kerry Calls For 'Global Coalition' Against Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called for a "global coalition" to combat Islamic State militants who have seized large swaths of Syria and Iraq.

In an op-ed published in "The New York Times" late on August 29, Kerry called for “the broadest possible coalition of nations" to confront the jihadists' "genocidal agenda."

Kerry's comments come before a NATO summit in Wales on September 4-5.

Kerry said U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel would "enlist the broadest possible assistance" on the sidelines of the summit.

U.S. President Barack Obama has said he is still developing a comprehensive plan to combat Islamic State.

Following the summit, Kerry said he and Hagel would travel to the Middle East to build support "among the countries that are most directly threatened."

Based on reporting by "The New York Times" and AFP