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Kerry: Iraq coalition has killed 50 percent of IS leaders

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago January 22, 2015 Jan 22, 2015 Thursday, January 22 2015 January 22, 2015 10:16 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jill Lawless

LONDON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Iraq and its international partners have made significant gains in the fight against Islamic State militants, killing thousands of the group's fighters and 50 percent of its leadership.

At an international meeting Thursday in London, Kerry also said Iraqi ground troops backed by almost 2,000 air strikes had retaken 700 square kilometers (270 square miles) of territory.

But he said the coalition must do more to stop the militant group's flow of funds and foreign fighters and the global spread of its message.

Kerry met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and officials from 21 countries at a conference intended to seal the cracks in the international coalition against the extremist group, which controls a large swath of Syria and Iraq.

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