Iraqi pro-government forces celebrate after recapturing the town of Jurf al-Sakhr from Islamic State (IS) jihadists in october 2014
Iraqi pro-government forces celebrate after recapturing the town of Jurf al-Sakhr from Islamic State (IS) jihadists in october 2014 © Haidar Hamdani - AFP
Iraqi pro-government forces celebrate after recapturing the town of Jurf al-Sakhr from Islamic State (IS) jihadists in october 2014
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Last updated: December 3, 2014

Islamic State advance "being halted," US-led coalition says

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.

"Participants noted that the global campaign against ISIL/Daesh is beginning to show results. The ISIL/Daesh advance across Syria and into Iraq is being halted," a coalition statement obtained by AFP said, referring to the group by its alternative names.

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".

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