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US seeks coalition against militants

The United States has called for a broad international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

It aims to get this by the time the United Nations General Assembly meets later this month.

"There is no time to waste in building a broad international coalition to degrade and, ultimately, to destroy the threat posed by ISIS," US Secretary of State John Kerry and Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement yesterday.

Talks for the coalition were held between defence and foreign ministers from Britain, the US, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Turkey.

The formation of a new Iraqi government would be critical, the statement said, adding that the US was hopeful this could happen "over the coming days".

Among other measures, the coalition "will form a multinational task force to share more information about the flow of foreign fighters". - AFP.