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Egypt has key role to play in Islamic State battle, says John Kerry

Published:Saturday | September 13, 2014 | 5:57 PM

United States Secretary of State John Kerry says Egypt has a key role to play in countering Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.



According to the US Central Intelligence Agency, the Islamic State has more than 30,000 fighters who now control large parts of both Iraq and Syria and who have become notorious for their brutality.



However, speaking in Cairo today on the final leg of his Middle East tour, Kerry said Egypt could play a greater role in the efforts to neutralise the terror group by publicly renouncing its ideology.



The tour is part of an attempt by the US to form a broad coalition to tackle the Islamic State.



Ten Arab states have already signalled their intention to join the coalition.



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