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France Wants Arabs, Iran, UN Security Council to Tackle Islamic State

FILE - French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 23, 2014.
FILE - French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 23, 2014.
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France said on Wednesday it wanted the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, to coordinate action against the militant group Islamic State, the insurgents who control parts of Iraq and Syria.

"In our minds and we hope that it will be possible ... we want not only all the regional countries, including Arab states and Iran, but the five members of the Security Council, also to join this action,'' Foreign Minister Faurent Fabius told lawmakers.

Earlier Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande called for an international conference to discuss IS.

Hollande told the Le Monde newspaper Wednesday there needs to be a "global strategy" to address the group he called well-structured, well-financed and armed with sophisticated weapons.

"We have to see with different partners how we can face them in terms of intelligence and military dispositions. That means cutting resources, it means taking social action to separate the support this group has from the population,'' Fabius said. 

The threat posed by the Islamic extremists to the international community is "the most serious since 2001," Hollande said. He did not say when the meeting would take place or who would be invited.

"We can no longer keep to the traditional debate of intervention or non-intervention," Hollande said, according to Reuters news agency.

France has contributed weapons to help Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq.

The United States has been carrying out airstrikes against the militants, including operations Tuesday that backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces as they pushed toward the northern city of Tikrit.

The Iraqi government, whose forces buckled under a recent extremist offensive, has made the recapture of Tikrit a priority.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters

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by: Anonymous
August 22, 2014 10:22 PM
all these mess strted in Syriya when butcher Assad with his armies started killing his people and now death toll is over 200,000 and 5 million refugees international community including France,Eu,Russia and Iran and Arab League must start negotiating peace and do all problems at once start talking and find peace and tell Assad he must go, find peace in Iraq ,talk peace between Palestine and Israel, Ukraine and russia. that would also be very positive and would bring peace and harmony to all including EU,Russia,Ukraine and middle east

by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
August 21, 2014 2:14 PM
Capitalism Global has its moral resposability to end the war in the World

by: anonymous
August 21, 2014 12:45 AM
"There need to be a global strategy" says the President who is supplying Russia with warships? Please apply some consistency and cancel the warship order. However MONEY TALKS on the deal with Russia. At least David Cameron speaks with courage and conviction on this issue.

by: KS.Venkataraman from: India
August 20, 2014 5:34 PM
The delay and wavering that helped Hitler to strengthen himself to dangerous levels is a point to be remembered now.
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by: Mark from: Virginia
August 20, 2014 6:51 PM
It is odd, is it not, how history repeats itself...? We, as a world, still fail to learn from history, and so, must be forced to relive that history... and we are doing that now.

by: meanbill from: USA
August 20, 2014 12:13 PM
The US, EU, and NATO countries should chastise themselves for arming and training the tens of thousands of (foreign) Sunni Muslim ultra-extremist in Jordan and Turkey, to wage war on the Shia Muslim government of Syria...

PS;.. "The Emir of the Believers" al-Baghdadi from "Al-Qaeda of Iraq" came to Syria and (recruited) them.. (and these foreigners now form the bulk of his (ISIL) Sunni Muslim army), that just (beheaded) an American journalist... (CRAZY isn't it?)... (the US and NATO are still arming and training these foreign Sunni Muslim ultra-extremists)..... WHY?.... to kill Assad?.... to help, or defeat Iraq?.... or they don't know why, anymore?.... and they just gave them shouldered fired anti-aircraft missiles?.... to defeat Assad, and shoot down airliners?.... has their NATO power, driven them completely insane?

by: Lawrence Bush from: Houston, USA
August 20, 2014 11:12 AM
The august calls of the French president Francois Hollande to have a global meeting on the ISIL is welcome. It's right, France is the supplier of the arms to the Kurds to fight against the ISIL militia. Our air strikes and other humanitarian assistances are on. But the ISIL problem is the off-shoot of the Syrian civil war. If the ISIL is taken targetfully now in Iraq only; then, our very objective in the Syrian civil war to ousting the dictatorial regime of president Assad goes in the wrong way. Here, our friendly states and ours should take balancing strategies that's to fulfill the objectives in Iraq and Syria as well. Hence, handling the ISIL problem is as we do use a double edged sword; to be cautious as the legitimate objectives are not slashed down.

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