Nations gather in Rome to discuss anti-Islamic State push, Libya

by Arshad Mohammed  |  published on February 2, 2016

A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Nearly two dozen nations gather on Tuesday to plot their fight against the Islamic State militant group in Syria and Iraq and how to choke off its rise in Libya.

The meeting takes place as talks have begun in Geneva to try to end the five-year Syrian civil war, which has killed at least 250,000 people, driven more than 10 million from their homes and drawn in the United States and Russia on opposite sides.

Twenty-three nations from the wider Global Coalition to Counter ISIL will review their efforts to regain Syrian and Iraqi territory from the jihadist group and to discuss ways to curb its wider influence, notably in Libya, officials said.

While Washington has long said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has lost the legitimacy to lead, it has made clear that its first priority is to try to rein in militants from the Islamic State group, which is also known as ISIL.

  • teaman

    Let’s see, we have a totally ruthless bunch of ideological idiots that adhere to nothing but the precepts of islam, not a religion but an ideology hell bent on world domination at whatever the cost, and all the world wants to do is talk about it. There is only two ways of stopping these brain dead idiots. First, convert them(which is damn near impossible) and second, do the only acceptable thing that will work, kill them all. No meetings necessary. Be relentless.

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