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Gulf monarchies say they are ready to help counter jihadists

Published on Aug 31, 2014 2:09 AM

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AFP) - Gulf Arab monarchies said Saturday they were ready to help counter advances by jihadists in Syria and Iraq, after the US called for a global coalition to fight the militants.

But the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) said it was awaiting details from Washington and a visit to the region by US Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss anti-jihadist cooperation.

US President Obama admitted Thursday that he did not yet have a strategy to tackle jihadists from the Islamic State, which has declared a "caliphate" in large swathes of territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.

But Obama said he was developing a broad plan that would involve military, diplomatic and regional efforts to defeat the IS jihadists who have sown terror through crucifixions and gruesome beheadings.

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