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Major Arab states bond with US military campaign against IS

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Washington: The United States on Thursday signed a deal with major Arab states to launch a coordinated military campaign against the militants of the Islamic State formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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In a statement released from Washington, the US State Department said that members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon had inked this deal with the United States.

The deal came hours after US President Barack Obama in a televised address told the nation that he was building an international coalition to combat the IS.

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The participating nations agreed to, “as appropriate, joining in the many aspects of a coordinated military campaign” against the militants, the state department said.

The action in the campaign will include stopping the flow of foreign fighters through bordering countries, countering financing of IS and other violent extremists and repudiating their hateful ideology.

The signing countries also approved to end impunity and bring perpetrators to justice. They will also contribute to humanitarian relief efforts, support the reconstruction and rehabilitation of brutalised communities and support states that face the most acute IS threat.

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