France pushes UN members to back fight against Islamic State

November 19, 2015 21:24

France wants the United Nations Security Council to push all states who are able to join the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq after the militants claimed the downing of a Russian plane in Egypt and attacks in Paris, Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia.

France circulated a draft resolution to the 15-member council on Thursday that also calls on countries "to redouble and coordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts committed specifically" by Islamic State.

It sets up a showdown between France and Russia, which on Wednesday revived a bid for U.N. approval of international military action against Islamic State by submitting an edited draft of a text initially circulated to the council on Sept. 30. 

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