America and Great Britain are now supplying Iraq's unity government with increased military aid in it's fight against the Islamic State.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touched down in Baghdad vowing to build a “broad coalition” of nations that would fight Islamic State.
That was Mr. Kerry's first stop on a regional tour where has enlisted 10 Arab countries in a global coalition to defeat IS. Mr. Kerry says that about 40 nations are helping in the fight against IS in Iraq.
Officials traveling with Secretary Kerry, who was traveling in the Middle East this week said that the appointment of the new Iraqi government would kick-start US President Barak Obama's strategy to combat the Islamic State and ultimately defeat it.
Mr. Kerry, America's chief diplomat is tonight in Turkey, after having secured Saudi Arabia and Jordan for hosting logistical efforts and training camps for the fight against IS. Qatar and Turkey, who have supported Islamic interests and movements in the past, are on board in a capacity yet defined in the effort to rid the region of IS.
Turkey has around 49 of it's citizens being held hostage in Syria and they wish to tread carefully in their decisions so as not to irresponsibly provoke their captors.
The President wants an international coalition, made up of Arab countries with American logistical and air support, to aggressively pursue IS in Iraq and is now willing to commit to airstrikes in Syria against IS forces.
Troubling updated assessment data was released this week where the Central Intelligence Agency in America has concluded that there may be up to 31,500 Islamic State Fighters in Syria and Iraq.
The CIA is saying that more than 15,000 fighters, including 2,000 Westerners, have gone to Syria to join the Islamic State. The jihadist fighters have reportedly come from more than 80 countries across the world.
Mr. Kerry's diplomatic drive centers on building regional support for a global coalition to combat ISIS. He met with King Abdullah II in Jordan on Wednesday and with leaders of six Persian Gulf nations in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Kerry wants support for the military campaign against ISIS, and a crack down on Islamic State funding in addition to the stop of foreign fighters flowing into Syria and Iraq. The US also wants Sunni Arab states, particularly Saudi Arabia, to counter the IS narrative in the hope of persuading Sunni Muslims not to follow its ideology.
Middle East Correspondent