Putin discusses possible co-operation against Islamic State

Vladimir Putin has discussed working with international "partners" to take on Islamic State militants, according to Russian media.

The Russian president was reported to have talked about the issue with his Security Council today.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov would not say which countries Russia may be willing to work with.

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Putin discusses co-operation to tackle Islamic State

Vladimir Putin meeting his Security Council today. Credit: Reuters/RIA Novosti

Vladimir Putin has discussed working with other countries to take on Islamic State militants, Russian media have quoted a Kremlin spokesman as saying.

The Russian president was reported to have talked about the issue with his Security Council today.

"Permanent members of the Security Council exchanged opinions on possible forms of cooperation with other partners on a plan to counter Islamic State in the framework of international law," Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

However, Mr Peskov did not specific which other countries Russia might be considering working with.


French fighter jets will soon strike IS militants in Iraq

President Francois Hollande said French fighter jets will soon strike against Islamic State militants in Iraq once reconnaissance missions have identified targets.

French President Francois Hollande. Credit: Liewig Christian/ABACA

When asked when French airstrikes in Iraq would begin, he told a news conference: "As soon as we have identified targets, that means in a short time frame.

"It will be air support to protect Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga forces to reduce and weaken this terrorist group."

US confirms more airstrikes on Islamic State

American fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday and today, US Central Command officials have reported.

One air strike was northwest of the Haditha Dam. Credit: Google Maps

One airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle northwest of the Haditha Dam, two airstrikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles northwest of Irbil.

Four airstrikes southwest of Baghdad destroyed several small ISIL ground units and a small boat on the Euphrates River that was resupplying ISIL forces in the area, officials said.

All aircraft exited the strike areas safely, they added.

Centcom has conducted a total of 174 airstrikes across Iraq, officials said.

Iranian president: IS murders are 'killing humanity'

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has issued a strongly-worded condemnation of Islamic State terrorists he says are trying to "kill humanity".

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, condemned IS killings of civilians. Credit: Reuters

In an interview with NBC News, Mr Rouhani said IS murders of civilians were contrary to Islamic teachings.

"From the viewpoint of the Islamic tenets and culture, killing an innocent people equals the killing of the whole humanity," Mr Rouhani said.


Obama: Over 40 countries helping anti-IS effort

President Obama says "more than 40 countries" have offered to help in the fight against Islamic State terrorists.

He stressed that the US would not lead the fight alone, but would "do things differently" by building a strong international effort against the terror group, who are also known as Isis or Isil.

He told US military personnel: "We will lead a broad coalition of countries who have a stake in this fight because this is not simply America vs Isil, this is the people of the region fighting against Isil."

"It is the world rejecting the brutality of Isil and fighting for a better future for our children and our childrens' children - all of them," he added.

Obama: I will not commit ground troops to Iraq

President Obama addressing military personnel in Florida.

President Obama has made clear that the US will not send ground troops to fight Islamic State terrorists in Iraq.

Speaking at US Central Command in Florida, Mr Obama told military personnel: "As Commander-in-Chief I will not commit you and the rest of our forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq."

He said US personnel in Iraq were there to "support Iraqi forces on the ground as they fight for their own country against these terrorists".

Military chief 'may recommend' sending troops to Iraq

One of the most senior US military officials has said he may yet advise President Obama to send ground troops into Iraq to combat Islamic State militants.

General Martin Dempsey said that if there were "threats to the United States" he would make a recommendation that "may include the use of US military ground forces".

ITV News Washington Correspondent Robert Moore reports:

Hagel outlines plans in fighting Islamic State

The US Defence Department are in complete agreement that the United States and its allies must take action against the Islamic State, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel told a hearing in Capitol Hill.

American military power alone cannot eradicate the threats posed by ISIL to the United States, our allies, and our friends and partners in the region.

ISIL poses a real threat to all countries in the Middle East, our European allies, and to America.

More than 40 nations have already expressed their willingness to participate in this effort, and more than 30 nations have indicated their readiness to offer military support. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary Kerry and I and others have been working in recent weeks to unite and expand this coalition.

– Chuck Hagel, US Secretary of Defence
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