Arab League agrees to combat Islamic State group
Baghdad (8th Sept, 2014): The Arab League on Monday agreed to combat extremists like the Islamic State group as one of its suicide bombers killed 16 people at a meeting of Sunni tribal fighters and security troops in Iraq.
The resolution, issued after late-night meetings of Arab foreign ministers a day earlier, doesn't explicitly back American military action against the group.
US President Barack Obama is seeking an international coalition to challenge the Islamic State group and is expected to outline his plan Wednesday to the American people.
But the resolution, issued as a separate statement from a comprehensive one dealing with Arab affairs, reflected a new sense of urgency among the 22-member states to challenge the militant group that has seized large swaths of territories in Iraq and Syria.
The resolution calls for immediate measures to combat the group on the political, defence, security and legal levels. It didn't elaborate.
The resolution backed the United Nations resolution issued last month that imposed sanctions on a number of the group's fighters and called on countries to adopt measures to combat terrorism.
The council resolution was adopted under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, meaning it can be militarily enforced.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected in the region this week to discuss details of the coming US policy.
Iraq faces an unprecedented crisis after the Islamic State group's offensive, which included militants committing beheadings and mass killings while targeting minorities in the country.
In today's attack, the bomber drove an explosives-laden Humvee, apparently seized from the Iraqi military, into the gathering of a major Sunni tribe, the Jabour, and security forces in Duluiyah, some 80 kilometres north of Baghdad, a police officer said.
The rampage by Islamic State fighters has become Iraq's worst crisis since the 2011 withdrawal of US troops.
Iraqi security forces and Shiite militias have been fighting against the militants with assistance from US airstrikes, which contributed to some progress on the ground.