The Islamic State jihadist group’s advance across Iraq and Syria is finally being stopped, a US-led coalition said after a meeting in Brussels led by US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday.
The statement said Iraqi and Kurdish forces, backed by coalition air strikes, “are now reclaiming territory in Iraq”.
The coalition of around 60 mainly Western and Arab nations was formed after the first US air strikes in August against IS, which has proclaimed a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria.
They also agreed at the Brussels meeting to develop a “multifaceted” strategy to combat IS, including stopping the flow of foreign fighters, cutting finance and “delegitimisation” of its powerful, social media-driven brand.
Kerry had earlier warned that the fight against IS could take “years”.