U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. is ''at war with ISIL'' in the same sense that it went to war with al Qaeda, and that some allies have offered to send ground troops to fight Islamic State. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday (September 14) he was extremely encouraged by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside and outside the Middle East and that some nations had offered ground troops. Kerry has been touring the Middle East to try to secure backing for U.S. efforts to build a coalition to fight the Islamic State militants who have grabbed territory in Syria and Iraq. "This is a strategy coming together as the coalition comes together and (as) the countries declare what they're prepared to do to," Kerry said in remarks aired on the CBS news program "Face the Nation". "I want it to be clear, out of this discussion we're having, that every single aspect of the (U.S.) President's strategy on what needs to be done in order to accomplish our goal has been offered by one country or multiple countries and all basis are covered," Kerry said. "We have countries in this region, countries outside of this region, in addition to the United States, all of whom are prepared to engage in military assistance, in actual strikes if that is what it requires. And we also have a growing number of people who are prepared to do all the other things," Kerry said, On Thursday, Kerry won the backing for a "coordinated military campaign" from 10 Arab countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and six Gulf states including rich rivals Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Asked on "Face the Nation" if the U.S. is at war with ISIL, Kerry said that this is not a conventional war mobilization that would include U.S. combat troops on the ground but something closer to the U.S. response to the threat of al Qaeda. "We're at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates, and in the same context, if you want to use it, yes we're at war with ISIL in that sense," Kerry said.