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Diplomats pledge action against Islamic State

2 years 2 months 3 weeks ago September 15, 2014 Sep 15, 2014 Monday, September 15 2014 September 15, 2014 9:37 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

PARIS - Diplomats from around the world are pledging to fight Islamic State militants "by any means necessary."

The declaration came from 24 nations taking part in a conference in Paris on how to deal with the extremists in Syria and Iraq.

Two foes of the Islamic State group -- Iran and the United States -- have ruled out coordinating their efforts. The U.S. is leaving open the possibility of new talks with Iran later this week, though it says there won't be any military cooperation.

Neither Iran nor Syria was invited to the conference.

The gathering got under way even as a pair of French reconnaissance jets took off over Iraqi skies.

Iraq's president told the diplomats that his government wants to see regular airstrikes against areas held by the militant group. He also said the financing of the Islamic State group needs to be cut off, and that fighters in neighboring countries who want to join the group must be stopped.

After the conference ended, Secretary of State John Kerry met with the Iraqi president at the Iraqi Embassy in Paris -- and told him that the drive for an inclusive Iraqi government had been key to today's pledges.

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