Iran rejects global strategy against extremists

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 15, 2014 at 6:00 a.m.



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PARIS (AP) — Iran is rejecting cooperation with other countries against Islamic State extremists.

Iran says it has ruled out working with any international coalition and that it has rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

Neither Iran nor Syria, which together share most of Iraq's borders, were invited to an international conference in Paris, which began as a pair of French reconnaissance jets took off for Iraqi skies.

French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') says "there is no time to lose."

Iraq's President says efforts to dislodge the Islamic State group need to combine military and humanitarian initiatives. Fouad Massoum is also calling for regular strikes against extremist-held territory and the elimination of their funding. He says "there can be no sanctuary."

The recent killing of David Haines, a British aid worker held hostage by the militants, added urgency to the meeting.

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