German chancellor calls ISIS greatest threat to the region
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday spoke at a press conference called ISIS one of the greatest threats ever to the region. Germany believes that some 550 of its citizens have joined the jihadist cause in Iraq and Syria, of whom some 60 have died in combat or suicide attacks and about 180 have returned home. Germany supplies Kurdish forces in northern Iraq with weapons, ammunition and other types of aid to fight ISIS but continues to refuse to join the coalition in airstrikes against the extremists. Recent polls show that two in three Germans believe the government should not be sending weapons to Kurdish fighters despite reports of atrocities committed by Islamic State insurgents.
Merkel has called upon the nations around the world to join the fight against the militant group. The chancellor said some nations may be tempted to avoid joining the fight against the IS militants, hoping that the problem will be solved by itself. In a previous discussion of ISIS, she said fighting ISIS is not a responsibility of the US or the Arab states alone but requires the entire world to join efforts to eliminate the treat. (Read More)