Forty nations pledge assistance to fight the Islamic State
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that 40 countries have pledged to assist in the fight against the group that calls itself the Islamic State. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ordered 600 troops, eight fighter jets and an assortment of support aircraft deployed to the United Arab Emirates to join the fight against Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, as the group is variously known. France has contributed 18,000 rounds of .50 caliber ammunition, while Canada has provided 50 special operations military advisors to the Iraqi government. Germany has banned the Islamic State flag, while the Netherlands says it may amend laws to revoke Dutch citizenship for those who work with terrorists.Turkey is offering financial aid, Jordan says it will provide intelligence, Saudi Arabia put US$500 million into a U.N. humanitarian aid fund while both Egypt and Qatar say they will assist in the campaign against the Islamic State. The U.S. has already launched more than 150 airstrikes against Islamic State militants.