Middle East Updates: Iraq president: No need for Arab powers to strike Islamic State

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Fouad Massoum expresses regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference on IS.

2:00 A.M. Iraq’s president says Arab powers Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia do not need to join air strikes against the Islamic State group.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, President Fouad Massoum also expressed regret that Iran was not invited to take part in the 26-nation conference in Paris on Monday to try to counter the Islamic extremists who control vast parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Massoum says it’s “not necessary” for Egypt, UAE or Saudi Arabia to participate in air strikes. (AP)

 

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