Kerry wants to bring Egypt in for the IS attack

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Kerry wants to bring Egypt in for the IS attack

 Whilie the Egyptian Prime Minister is talking about taking "considerable steps" to fight the terrorism, I am not so sure how this one is going to go :

Egypt 'has key role' in fight against Islamic State - Kerry

Egypt has a key role to play in countering Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on a visit to Cairo.

He said Egypt could "publicly renounce" IS ideology, reaffirming US support for Egypt's battle against Sinai militants.

Foreign fighters crossing Sinai en route for Syria are advising local militants there, US officials say.

Mr Kerry is on the last leg of his Middle East tour as he tries to form a broad coalition to tackle IS militants.

He has already enlisted the support of 10 Arab states so far but he has ruled out Iran joining the US-led coalition.

IS controls large parts of both countries and its fighters have become notorious for their brutality, but in recent weeks they have been targeted by US air strikes.

The CIA says the group has as many as 30,000 fighters in Syria and Iraq.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled plans for an expansion of the US campaign against IS.

The 10 Arab countries to have signed up to the coalition are: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

France is hosting an international conference on Iraqi security on Monday as part of efforts to broaden the alliance.

Sinai jihadists

Egypt is "on the frontline of the fight against terrorism, particularly when it comes to fighting extremist groups in Sinai," Mr Kerry said, after talks with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi and President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

He acknowledged Egypt's reputation as "an intellectual and cultural capital of the Muslim world," saying it had a "critical role to play in publicly renouncing the ideology that IS disseminates".

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, speaking at the same news conference, said that ties existed between IS and other militant groups operating in the region, which must also be dealt with.


Analysis - Barbara Plett-Usher, BBC News, Cairo

John Kerry said Egypt was on the front lines of the fight against extremism especially in the Sinai where it's battling Islamist militants, efforts Mr Kerry said the Americans would continue to support.

The Egyptian foreign minister, Sameh Shukri, said Cairo would take honest and credible steps in the collective fight against terrorism.

Earlier he told Egyptian media that the campaign against Islamic State should be broadened to include the Sinai militants. But US officials say they need to keep the focus on Islamic State as the biggest danger because it crosses borders and would expand if not stopped.

Mr Kerry also emphasised the need for Egypt to use its soft power in the Muslim world, employing the considerable weight of its religious institutions to counter extremist ideologies.


Mr Kerry says military and intelligence experts will spend the coming days working out how each state will contribute.

But speaking in Turkey on Friday, he said it would be "inappropriate" for Iran to join the group because of its "engagement in Syria and elsewhere".

Iran has backed the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria, while the US and several European and Gulf countries have supported the rebel factions fighting to overthrow him. (Rest of the article can be found at the link)



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Egypt has too much going on

Egypt has too much going on at home to be able to take the front line against ISIS.

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Without further ado



Let's take the minority religions out of the ME. Australia has just alloted 5000 spaces for iraqi christians. Maybe we can make it 50,000. France is taking thousands, as well. 

The ME needs to be given time to examine a literal interpretation of islamic texts in excruciating detail. Long term change can only come from within, motivated locally.

How many Europeans died in and around the 30 years war, was it a quarter or one third of the entire population? It takes a seismic level of slaughter to separate church and state. 

Western bombing of IS does nothing but muddy the water and give IS grist for its mill.  

It would be nice to imagine that when the last minority religion disappears from the ME it will make a statement western liberals can no longer ignore, but I'm not confident.





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