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US calls for international coalition to ‘destroy’ IS

US calls for international coalition to ‘destroy’ IS
The United States on Friday called for the creation of a broad international coalition against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by the time of the UN General Assembly this month. ‘There is no time to waste in building a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIL,’ Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a joint statement.

Britain and the United States chaired talks with defence and foreign ministers from eight other allies: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Turkey.The statement said the formation of a new Iraqi government would be critical and added the US was hopeful this could happen ‘over the coming days’.

‘We discussed in detail how NATO allies can extend immediate support to a new government,’ it said. It listed some of the measures as offering military support to the Iraqi government; stopping the flow of foreign jihadist fighters; taking action against IS funding; addressing the humanitarian crisis;
and ‘de-legitimising’ IS ideology.

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