U.S Secretary of State "John Kerry" said that America would support Iraq as it combats al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized cities in the country's west, but said the U.S wouldn't send troops, calling the battle "their fight".
Kerry made the comments as he left Jerusalem for Jordan and Saudi Arabia on Sunday to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians Israeli Prime Minister "Benjamin Netanyahu".
In comments before leaving Jerusalem, Kerry told journalists that the U.S. was "very, very concerned" by the fighting, calling the group "the most dangerous players in that region", adding "we will stand with the government of Iraq and with others who will push back against their efforts to destabilize. We are going to do everything that is possible. I will not go into the details".
Kerry stressed "we are not contemplating putting boots on the ground. This is their fight".
The Islamic State in Iraq and Levant seized control of Fallujah and Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. Ramadi was a stronghold of insurgents during the U.S.-led war. Al-Qaida militants largely took both cities over last week and have been fending off incursions by government forces there since.