Iraq, France urge quick action against Islamic State militants

Western powers have pledged to provide weapons to the Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers battling the Islamic State (IS) militants near Mosul in northern IraqThe leaders of France and Iraq Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was “no time to lose” as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. “The fight of the Iraqis against terrorism is our fight as well,” Hollande told representatives from around 30 countries and organisations, urging “clear, loyal and strong” global support for Iraq. Iraqi President Fuad Masum also stressed the urgency of firm action, as the beheading of a third Western hostage in the run-up to the conference stepped up the pressure on the international community to destroy the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.

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