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John Kerry: Nato members ready to step up anti-IS fight

Published 02/12/2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry and other Nato foreign ministers during a meeting at Nato headquarters in Brussels (AP)
US Secretary of State John Kerry and other Nato foreign ministers during a meeting at Nato headquarters in Brussels (AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry has said Nato members stand ready to step up military efforts against the Islamic State (IS).

Mr Kerry said he asked foreign ministers from the 27 other members of the alliance to do more to strike at IS's core in Iraq and Syria and strangle its international networks.

He said several countries are bringing more to the battle or will do soon.

Speaking on Wednesday at Nato headquarters in Brussels, Mr Kerry did not outline any new commitments specifically.

Germany recently approved sending forces and materiel for non-combat support roles near the Middle East. A British vote is expected later on Wednesday on expanding that country's airstrikes against IS into Syria.

Mr Kerry said other countries would come forward with new plans after further discussions at home.

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