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Arabs to team with US against Islamic State: MENA

Egypt's state news agency MENA reports that Arab foreign ministers will announce soon cooperation with Washington against the Islamic State group

Ahram Online, AFP, Sunday 7 Sep 2014
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Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
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Arab foreign ministers are due to announce cooperation with the United States against the Islamic State group (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant — ISIL), a diplomat told Egyptian state news agency MENA Sunday.

Foreign ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, as well as an advisor to Jordan's foreign minister, are currently holding closed-door talks in the Saudi Red Sea city of Jeddah.

The source, who was not named, told MENA that Saturday's talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Arab League chief Nabil El-Araby focused on plans to confront the Islamic State group.

A senior US State Department official said Kerry and El-Araby "discussed the need for the Arab League and its members to take a strong position in the coalition that is developing against [the Islamic State]," AFP also reported Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Arab League is holding a ministerial meeting in Cairo Sunday to address fast-moving changes in the region.

Obama outlined a plan at a NATO summit meeting Friday for a broad coalition to defeat the Islamic State that led an offensive that overran parts of five Iraqi provinces in June and also holds significant territory in neighbouring Syria.

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Aladdin, Egypt
08-09-2014 02:54am
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Urgent Appeal
I hope the media start calling Da-ish withy its true name; "Terrorist State. You know the power of words.
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Allen
07-09-2014 09:12pm
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Is Qatar joining too. ??????????????????
Since they claim they are not the secret arms and cash supplier to terrorists.
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expat
07-09-2014 07:40pm
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funny enough
as there is sponsorin for this group at the same time from the same countries there are calls for western powers to stop their religious offsprings,as they gain too much power... seriously its time,that the so called ummah or better known under the arab cousil should solve their problems once and for all themselves instead of calling for khuffar to try to solve their issues... its double faced,how khatar/saudhia etc react,as the IS begins to be a thread to their own throns.... and where is al ahzhar? the seal of prophet mohamed and the shahada used by people chopping of heads of muslims..difficult thing for sure,considering,that the prophet was acting the same shown in the suras of the khoran
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