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US to step up fight against Islamic State militants on Syrian soil


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US to step up fight against Islamic State militants on Syrian soil

The United Nation’s mediator to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has met with President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus.

Afterwards Mistura said it was important for the international community to tackle radical militant groups like Islamic State in Syria.

The Syrian government says it’s willing to work with Mistura but that he must respect the wishes of the people and warned any action on its soil without government approval would be seen as an act if aggression.

The head of the Syrian national coordination opposition commitee, Hassan Abdul Azim, said:“Hitting Islamic State must be with a national agreement. It cannot be performed with a military intervention without a national agreement and this should be expressed by a national will, not only the regime’s will, but also the opposition should have a say in this issue.”

Meanwhile US President Barack Obama says he has authorised U.S. air strikes for the first time in Syria and Saudi Arabia has agreed to host training camps for moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants.

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