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Iraq welcomes US plan for coalition against jihadists

An image grab taken from a video released by the Islamic State (IS) and identified by private terrorism monitor SITE Intelligence Group on September 2, 2014, purportedly shows 31-year-old US freelance writer Steven SotloffIraq 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 on Friday, calling for a broad coalition to defeat the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group which led an offensive that overran chunks of five Iraqi provinces in June and holds significant territory in neighbouring Syria. The United States has sent military advisers to Iraq and launched a campaign of air strikes against the jihadists, while it and a string of other countries have promised arms for Iraqi Kurdish forces battling IS militants.

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