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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives in U.S.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrives in U.S.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) --Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arrived in Washington Thursday for a series of meetings with U.S. officials.
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Iranian nuclear talks to resume in New York

Iranian nuclear talks to resume in New York

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 (UPI) --The latest round of Iranian nuclear negotiations is scheduled to begin Friday with a plenary session at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
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Kerry: No U.S. ground troops in fighting Islamic State

Kerry: No U.S. ground troops in fighting Islamic State

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry stressed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Wednesday no ground troops in Iraq and Syria will be sent into combat.
Ed Adamczyk
Hagel tells Senate: 'We are at war with ISIL'

Hagel tells Senate: 'We are at war with ISIL'

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) --Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told the Senate on Tuesday that, if necessary, he would recommend U.S. troops fight alongside Iraqis.
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Iraq conference under way in France as leaders confront Islamic State threat

Iraq conference under way in France as leaders confront Islamic State threat

PARIS, Sept. 15 (UPI) --The International Conference on Peace and Security in Iraq convened in Paris on Monday, bringing together leaders from more than 30 countries.
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U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Egypt on Saturday for talks on the Islamic State

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Egypt on Saturday for talks on the Islamic State

CAIRO, Sept. 13 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Egypt Saturday as part of his effort to build a coalition to fight the Islamic State.
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Saudi Arabia agrees to U.S. request, will train moderate Syrian rebels

Saudi Arabia agrees to U.S. request, will train moderate Syrian rebels

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 11 (UPI) --In response to a request by the United States, Saudi Arabia has agreed to host an anti-Islamic State training program for moderate Syrian opposition fighters.
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John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to build anti-Islamic State coalition

John Kerry arrives in Saudi Arabia to build anti-Islamic State coalition

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 11 (UPI) --Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Saudi Arabia on Thursday to participate in a counter-terrorism conference with Arab officials.
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Obama to detail actions in Iraq, Syria

Obama to detail actions in Iraq, Syria

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10 (UPI) --President Barack Obama's speech Wednesday evening will address coalition-building to defeat the Islamic State, a senior administration official said.
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John Kerry arrives in Iraq to discuss Islamic State threat with new government

John Kerry arrives in Iraq to discuss Islamic State threat with new government

BAGHDAD, Sept. 10 (UPI) --U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday to meet with Iraq's new leadership regarding the threat posed by the Islamic State.
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Saudi Arabia hosts anti-terrorism conference

Saudi Arabia hosts anti-terrorism conference

JEDDAH , Saudi Arabia, Sept. 9 (UPI) --Saudi Arabia, concerned by the militant Islamic State's rapid rise in Syria and Iraq, has called a conference on counter-terrorism Thursday in Jeddah.
Ed Adamczyk
Iraq forms unity government, inclusive of Kurdish and Sunni minorities

Iraq forms unity government, inclusive of Kurdish and Sunni minorities

BAGHDAD, Sept. 9 (UPI) --Iraqi lawmakers formed a new, inclusive government Monday, ahead of the 30-day constitutional deadline to do so and amid a deteriorating security situation.
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U.S. supportive of Georgia's bid to join NATO

U.S. supportive of Georgia's bid to join NATO

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 (UPI) --The United States will support Georgia's bid to join NATO, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirmed Sunday.
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Obama: NATO to go after Islamic State

Obama: NATO to go after Islamic State

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept. 5 (UPI) --President Barack Obama said NATO members must join the United States in the fight to "degrade and ultimately defeat" the Islamic State militant group.
Ed Adamczyk
NATO leaders agree to form anti-Islamic State coalition chaired by Britain and U.S.

NATO leaders agree to form anti-Islamic State coalition chaired by Britain and U.S.

NEWPORT, Wales, Sept. 5 (UPI) --John Kerry announced Friday from the NATO Summit the U.S. and U.K. are chairing an anti-Islamic State coalition, and inviting NATO members' participation.
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U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (L) and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speak at a joint press conferance at Chaklala Airbase in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on August 19, 2010. UPI/Sajjad Ali Qureshi
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John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, the 10th most senior U.S. Senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2004 presidential election, but lost to former President George W. Bush.

The son of an Army Air Corps serviceman, Kerry was born in Aurora, Colorado. He attended boarding school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and went on to graduate from Yale University class of 1966, where he majored in political science. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1966 and, during 1968-1969, served a four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service he was awarded several combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. After returning to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesperson and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam war. During that period, he appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed his superiors to be "war criminals".

After graduating from Boston College Law School, Kerry worked as an Assistant District Attorney and co-founded a private firm. He served as Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts under Michael Dukakis from 1983 to 1985, where he worked on an early forerunner to the national Clean Air Act. He won a tight Democratic primary in 1984 for the U.S. Senate and was sworn in the following January. On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he led a series of hearings from 1987 to 1989 which were a precursor to the Iran–Contra affair. He was an early backer of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but became a strong opponent of the subsequent war.

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