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United Arab Emirates backs world fight on IS

ABU DHABI (AFP) – The United Arab Emirates voiced readiness

Wednesday to back world efforts to confront the threat from

jihadists, amid calls by Western powers for an international fight

against the Islamic State.

The UAE affirms “its solidarity with regional and international

efforts against terrorist threats… and its readiness to take needed

measures to confront this phenomenon in line with UN Security

Council Resolution 2170,” its foreign ministry said.

The resolution, passed last month, seeks to cut funds and the flow

of foreign fighters both to the Islamic State, which has seized

swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, and to Al-Qaeda’s Syrian

affiliate, Al-Nusra Front.

The UAE said it “stands against terrorist threats facing our region

and the world, especially with the dangerous human rights

violations by terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and other Arab and

Muslim countries such as Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Afghanistan

suffering from… movements such as IS, Al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda.”

Last month, Washington confirmed reports that UAE warplanes had

twice bombed Islamist militias in Libya.

Abu Dhabi “strongly condemns the continuing terrorist and criminal

acts by extremist groups, especially the so-called IS… that

undermine regional and international stability,” said the statement

carried by the official WAM news agency.

US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an international

front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a

second American reporter Steven Sotloff.

Britain and France meanwhile weighed military action.

The Islamic State, a Sunni extremist group, has gained prominence

in recent months, declaring an Islamic “caliphate” in regions under

its control in Iraq and Syria.

AmarSim Associations Development Consultants

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