Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on NATO countries to pony up more resources to fight the Islamic State, during the first day of a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels, Belgium.
Kerry met privately with several foreign counterparts, including Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. Although couched in diplomatic terms, it was clear from a State Department release after the meeting that Kerry is telling world leaders that the U.S. shouldn't have such a heavy lift in leading the 65-nation coalition fighting Islamic State, or Daesh, as Kerry refers to the Sunni terrorist group.
"They also discussed coalition efforts against Daesh, including Italy's strong contributions," State Department spokesman John Kirby stated. "The secretary made clear he was urging all allies to increase their contributions."