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Kerry Announces Int’l Coalition against ISIS: ‘There Is No Containment Policy’

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Friday a cobbled-together international coalition bent on fighting ISIS, the Islamic militant group that has been rampaging across Syria and Iraq.

Saying there is “no containment policy for ISIL,” Kerry vowed that the coalition will defeat the militant group even if it takes years, a stronger stance than has been heard from the administration, which has used language like “degrade” and “manageable.”

The announcement came following a quick meeting among powers at a NATO summit in Wales. The coalition, which comprises the United States, Britain, France, Australia, Canada, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Poland and Denmark, will focus on supplying air strikes to embolden Syrian and Iraqi ground forces.

Everybody involved pinky-swore that there would be no ground troops involved in the fight. “Obviously I think that’s a red line for everybody here: no boots on the ground,” Kerry said. Maybe not so much with the “red line” phrasing.

[h/t New York Times]

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