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How the Arab coalition against ISIS in Syria came together

It took 32 phone calls with Gulf leaders and a week-long, 6-stop tour of the Middle East and Europe for Kerry to lock in the coalition to carry out airstrikes against Islamic extremists inside Syria, according to a senior State Department official.‎

After visiting Baghdad September 10th, Kerry called the Saudis and asked to bring the Iraqi FM with him to Saudi Arabia to attend an anti-ISIS summit in Jeddah on September 11.‎

The following day, Saudi Arabia committed to participate in military action. That was September 11th‎. Saudi buy-in was key, U.S. officials say.

In a 2-hour-long ‎meeting in Jeddah, Saudi King Abdullah told Kerry that he would do anything possible to help the coalition, including participate in airstrikes. This was a commitment they had also made last year following a brutal chemical weapons attack in a Damascus suburb alleged to have been carried out by the Assad regime.

Bahrain also committed during that anti-ISIS summit in Jeddah.

The UAE committed that weekend in Paris (sometime on either September 13 or 14) when Kerry met his UAE counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed. A senior State Department official says the U.S. wanted Gulf states in the lead.

Last Friday, before Kerry traveled to the UN, he met with Jordan's King Abdullah in D.C. ‎That's when Jordan committed.

Qatar‎ was harder to nail down. They committed within the past few days.

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