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Top officials from anti-ISIL coalition to meet in Canada

Coalition Small Group comprises 20 nations, including Gulf countries Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE

Top officials from anti-ISIL coalition to meet in Canada
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Senior officials from
the US-led coalition battling ISIL forces will meet in Canada this week to
discuss how to improve the effectiveness of the campaign, two sources with
knowledge of the meeting said on Monday.

They said those who will take part in the
closed-door gathering in Quebec City on Thursday include retired General John
Allen, appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to build a coalition against
the militant group.

A spokesman at the US embassy in Ottawa
said he could not comment.

Earlier this month Allen urged Turkey to do
more to stop jihadists crossing its border with Syria. Turkey and the United
States are now working on plans to jointly sweep ISIL fighters from a strip of
land along the Turkish border.

The Quebec City meeting of the so-called
anti-ISIL Coalition Small Group will focus on all aspects of the struggle
against ISIS, both military and political, the two sources said.

Fighter jets from the United States and
Canada are striking against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria and both nations are
also training Iraqi fighters.

Western powers say their efforts alone will
not defeat the group, insisting Iraq needs to do more, and the Quebec meeting
will assess Baghdad's actions.

Foreign ministers from the Coalition Small
Group last month met Iraq's prime minister, who complained the coalition had
not done enough to tackle ISIL, which holds about a third of the country.

The Small Group comprises about 20 nations,
including Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait,
Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.