US envoy lands in Iraq to drum up support for coalition against IS

October 2, 2014 20:48

US President Barack Obama's envoy charged with building the coalition against the Islamic State militant group arrived in Iraq on Thursday and will also visit Belgium, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey, the State Department said.

Retired General John Allen's trip aboad, his first in his new role, is "in support of international coalition efforts to degrade and defeat ISIL," the State Department said in a brief statement, referring to the Islamic State group.Allen, accompanied by his deputy, Brett McGurk, arrived in Iraq on Thursday to meet Iraqi officials and regional leaders "on US support for and cooperation with Iraq in the fight against ISIL," the State Department said.

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