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IS must be confronted ‘militarily, politically’ – Arab League chief

CAIRO  (AFP) – Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday called for a comprehensive military and political confrontation with Islamic State militants and other jihadists.

“What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically,” Arabi said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers, a day after he and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed taking action against the jihadist group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

An Arab League diplomat told reporters that the ministers were considering adopting a resolution on combating IS and “coordinating with the United States to confront this terrorist organisation”.

Iraq earlier welcomed US President Barack Obama’s plan for an international coalition against jihadists as a “strong message of support,” after repeatedly calling for aid against the militants.

Obama outlined the plan at a NATO summit Friday for a broad coalition to defeat IS, which led an offensive that overran parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in neighbouring Syria.


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