U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined top Middle East diplomats for talks Thursday in Saudi Arabia aimed at building a regional coalition to fight extremists of the Islamic State, a day after President Barack Obama declared America's intention to eradicate the militant group.
The talks in Jeddah were to be attended by the foreign ministers of Jordan, Egypt and the six members a Gulf regional bloc, along with Turkey. The agenda included U.S. plans for expanded American airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq and more support for moderate rebels opposed both to the Islamic State and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.Moderate rebels. Should be thick on the ground in the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia has agreed to host a training center where U.S. military officials would lead efforts to train and arm moderate insurgents, U.S. State Department officials said. Mr. Kerry was discussing the program Thursday with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, the officials said.No extremists need apply, in Wahhabist Saudi Arabia.