Philip Hammond arrives for an international conference on Islamic State

British foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, arrives for the Isis conference at the French foreign ministry in Paris.
Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders and diplomats from more than 20 countries have gathered for a crisis meeting in Paris as the prospect of Britain joining military action against the Islamic State (Isis) jihadi group moves closer.

Global News

PARIS – As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for cooperation against the militants.

Neither Iran nor Syria, which together share most of Iraq’s borders, was invited to the international conference Monday in Paris, which opened as a pair of French reconnaissance jets took off over Iraqi skies.

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With memories of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq still fresh, the U.S. has so far been alone in carrying out airstrikes and no country has offered ground troops. An American official said several Arab countries had offered to conduct airstrikes, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive issue.

« The terrorist threat is global and the response must be global, » French President Francois Hollande said, opening the diplomatic conference intended to…

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