Kerry to press Mideast allies for anti-IS fight

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Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaik Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, left, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, speaks with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, right, upon his arrival at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at Baghdad Airport in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Kerry landed in the Iraqi capital just two days after newly sworn Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seated his top government ministers, a crucial step toward restoring stability in a nation where security has spiraled out of control since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
General view of farms in northern Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaik Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, center, meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
Bahrain's Minister of Foreign Affairs Shaik Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
An Iraqi man reads a newspaper with front page headlines reporting U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to battle Islamic State militants, with an accompanying photo of Secretary of State John Kerry's visit, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Obama is sending 475 more U.S. troops into Iraq to supplement an existing American military presence that is helping Iraqi security forces battle Islamic State militants and secure diplomatic facilities. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry boards his plane in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal arrives to meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Royal Terminal of the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia, on Thursday to try to persuade officials from across the Mideast and Turkey to put aside longstanding rivalries to more vigorously pursue the Islamic State — and, in doing so, ward off a threat that has put the entire region at risk. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, right, walks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Kerry landed in the Iraqi capital just two days after newly sworn Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi seated his top government ministers, a crucial step toward restoring stability in a nation where security has spiraled out of control since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Thaier Al-Sudani, Pool)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pauses during a press conference at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Kerry is traveling to the mideast this week to discuss ways to bolster the stability of the new Iraqi government and combat the Islamic State militant group that has taken over large swaths of Iraq and Syria. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
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JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia to try to pin down Middle Eastern allies on what support they will give to worldwide efforts to beat back the Islamic State militant group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria.

Kerry arrived in the Red Sea city of Jiddah on Thursday and held talks with his Saudi and Bahraini counterparts.

He is expected to meet later in the day with officials from across the Gulf Arab region as well as envoys from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey to press his case for greater regional support.

The U.S. already has launched more than 150 airstrikes against militants in Iraq over the past month, and has sent military advisers and millions of dollars in humanitarian aid.

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