Iraq’s President urged for greater international support in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Once again the threat from extremist militants continued to dominate much of proceedings on Friday (Sep 26).
President of Iraq Mohammed Fuad Masum addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sep 26, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (AFP/Don Emmert)
UNITED NATIONS, New York: President of Iraq Fuad Masum had a clear message for the world’s leaders during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday (Sep 26): Wide collaboration is needed to defeat groups like the Islamic State (IS).
“This organization is transnational and trans-boundary and intercontinental. We here confirm that eliminating this organization can only be achieved by forming a unified, global front,” said Mr Masum.
It is an appeal that is gaining momentum. Over 40 nations have joined a US-led coalition to assist the Iraqi government as they fight to retake control of parts of the country seized by IS
Thanking the coalition for their support, President Masum said these acts will help stop the suffering for thousands of Iraqis. “Hundreds of thousands of displaced and refugees look to us. Those that were forced to leave their homes without even taking with them some of the most simple possessions.”
But it is not just security in the Middle East that is at stake. Iraqi officials warn Islamic State members plan to attack the subways systems in Paris and the US. The reports have New York police on alert but officials said it is not been confirmed.
Said Bill de Blasio, New York Mayor: “We have received information which in the eyes of the United States government and the NYPD is not verified, so what we’re doing is taking precautions until we have more information.”
A credible threat or not, it serves as a reminder that groups like the Islamic State can pose a global threat. What is clear from officials at the UN is it could take years to defeat groups like IS. But they say global cooperation is vital to stop them operating not only in the Middle East, but around the world.