International coalition to combat ISIS

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NATO summit. File photo

ARA News 

Damascus, Syria – During a NATO summit on Friday, the United States formed a coalition with 10 other countries to fight against the extremist group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, emphasized the importance of forming a joint force in order to fight IS militants who seized large areas across Syria and Iraq and declared the so-called Caliphate.

Representatives of the UK, Germany, France, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Denmark and Poland were invited by Kerry to provide financial and military support for the war against IS.

At the end of the summit, NATO allies reportedly agreed to back the anti-IS operations in Syria and Iraq. This support will include engagement in air strikes against headquarters of the Islamic State.

“This morning we had a meeting with some of our key allies and partners on the serious threat that ISIS poses to Iraq, the entire region, and the international community,” a statement issued by Kerry read. “We and the Ministers agreed here today that there is no time to waste in building a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIS.”

“We have the technology, we have the know-how. What we need is obviously the willpower to make sure that we are steady and stay at this,” U.S. Secretary of State said.

Noteworthy, the U.S. air force have launched continuous air strikes against IS strongholds in Iraq since early August, in an attempt to weaken IS’s grip and help the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi army to regain control on the ground.

 

Reporting by: Jamil Sadoun

Source: ARA News

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