Arab League agrees to combat Islamic State group

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Posted: Sep 08, 2014 7:59 AM
Arab League agrees to combat Islamic State group

CAIRO (AP) — The Arab League says its member states have agreed to combat, either individually or collectively, the Islamic State group and other militants in the region.

The resolution, issued Monday after late-night meetings a day earlier, doesn't explicitly back American military action against the group. U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking an international coalition to challenge the Islamic State group and is expected to outline his plan Wednesday.

But the resolution, issued as a separate statement from a comprehensive one dealing with Arab affairs, said immediate measures to combat the group are to be implemented on the political, defense, security and legal levels. It didn't elaborate.

Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told reporters late Sunday that members decided to consider any armed attack on one country an attack on all.