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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 John Kerry will be in Egypt Saturday as part of his effort to build a coalition to fight the Islamic State.

By Heather Records
U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Egypt on Saturday for talks on the Islamic State
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks to the staff and family members of Embassy Canberra and Consulate Sydney after completion of a Australia-U.S. Ministerial meeting in Sydney, Australia on August 12, 2014. UPI/U.S. State Department | License Photo

CAIRO, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- As part of his trip to the Middle East to build a coalition to fight the Islamic State, Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday.

There, he will meet with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi.

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So far 10 Arab states are showing their support in the fight against IS.

On Friday Secretary Kerry ruled out Iran joining the coalition. Saying it would be "inappropriate."

He also said "under the circumstances, at this moment in time, it would not be right for any number of reason" for Iran to take part in a global security conference scheduled for next week in Paris.

Also on Friday, the CIA said there could be as many as 30,000 IS fighters in Iraq and Syria.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to fight IS.

Here's a look at the ten Arab countries that have joined the IS coalition: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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