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Coalition meets to plan response to threat posed by Islamic militants

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Coalition meets to plan response to threat posed by Islamic militants

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An international coalition of 29 countries has held meetings in Paris to discuss a coordinated response to the threat posed by Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria.

Earlier France announced it would join Britain in flying reconnaissance missions to assist the US aircraft engaged in combat sorties in Iraq.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the militants are a very real danger: “ISIL is neither a state, nor representative of Islam, it is a menacing, extremist movement. All those here consider it necessary to push it back and make it disappear.”

The Iraqi Foreign Minster Ibrahim al-Jaafari said the militants will be fought on a number of fronts: “A battle of such ferocity requires that our means and efforts are combined, and cover a number of angles, military, political, financial, especially, as there are close to two million citizens displaced.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry declared his coalition-building mission in the Middle East a success and won the backing of a number of Sunni led Arab nations.