U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) walks with Britain's Defence Secretary Philip Hammond during a meeting with coalition members to discuss the threat of ISIS, at Lancaster House in London January 22, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
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The U.S.-led coalition could take up to two years to expel ISIS from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned Thursday.Thursday's meeting, attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, will examine ways of intensifying the campaign against ISIS in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere by doing more militarily, more to cut off the group's finances and more to stem the flow of foreign fighters.Britain has taken part in airstrikes against ISIS forces, trained Iraqi troops, and provided some equipment already.Hammond said Thursday's meeting would take stock of coalition progress in the last five months and hear an update from U.S. General John Allen.
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