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More Nations Ready to Join US-Led Coalition Against ISIL

© REUTERS / U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Matthew Bruch/HandoutUS Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles are designed to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq
US Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles are designed to conduct airstrikes in Syria and Iraq - Sputnik International
New countries are getting ready to participate in the coalition against the Islamic State led by the United States, US head of the Global Anti-ISIL Coalition Gen. John Allen said on Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – On September 29, President Barack Obama announced that Tunisia, Malaysia and Nigeria had agreed to join the US-led international anti-ISIL campaign.

"There are other nations similarly preparing to join this unique partnership [anti-ISIL coalition]," Allen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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Allen noted that out of 65 countries participating in the coalition the United States has carried out the overwhelming majority of airstrikes against the Islamic State.

"The coalition has applied significant pressure on this group, hitting ISIL [Islamic State] with more than 7,500 airstrikes, nearly 6,000 of which the United States has conducted," Allen said.

The coalition has been launching airstrikes against ISIL positions in Iraq and Syria since August 2014.

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