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Iraq ISIS Syria

Arab League statement

7 Sep, 2014

The 22-member Arab League says that it will join the fight against ISIS, taking all necessary security measures and cooperating with international and regional efforts to combat the group. Secretary-general Nabil el-Araby:

What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically.

He says the plan includes accepting international intervention:

While some Arab states object to allowing the Arab League to intervene in their internal crises, the floodgates are opened to foreign intervention, including militarily.

He also calls for the activation of an Arab defence treaty to allow for military action when needed, suggesting that military action could take place under the umbrella of an Arab League joint defense pact.