NEWPORT, September 5 (RIA Novosti) – The United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and a further six countries should form an international coalition to fight the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, the US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday at the NATO Summit in Wales.
“This group here this morning is the core coalition. It is the core group that will form the larger and extended coalition that's going to be required to deal with this challenge," Hagel told the defense ministers of the 10 countries involved. The other countries comprising Canada, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Poland, and Denmark.
“We need to attack them in ways that prevent them from taking over territory, to bolster the Iraqi security forces and others in the region who are prepared to take them on, without committing troops of our own,” stressed US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was also present at the meeting.
In late August, The New York Times published Kerry’s article, in which he called for establishing “the broadest possible coalition of nations,” to oppose IS advancement in Iraq and Syria.
The IS group of Sunni Muslims has proclaimed the vast territories they have seized across Syria and Iraq an Islamic caliphate . The group controls cities and oilfields, and has reportedly captured a Syrian airbase with various military hardware in August. The same month, Washington launched airstrikes against the insurgents.