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The leaders of France and Iraq Monday urged swift action against Islamic State militants, with President Francois Hollande warning there was "no time to lose" as he opened an international conference to shore up an anti-jihadist coalition. "The fight of the Iraqis against terrorism is our fight as well," Hollande told representatives from around 30 countries and organisations, urging "clear, loyal and strong" global support for Iraq. Iraqi President Fuad Masum also stressed the urgency of firm action, as the beheading of a third Western hostage in the run-up to the conference stepped up the pressure on the international community to destroy the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
PARIS (AP) — With reconnaissance planes already in action, France's president said there was "no time to lose" in the global push to combat extremists from the Islamic State group as he opened an international conference to attack the problem — minus the two countries who share most of Iraq's borders.