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Tough new phase starting in battle against IS: Italy


Rome, Feb 14 (IANS/AKI) A new and "challenging" stage is beginning in the fight against the Islamic State jihadist group, Italy's said.

"A new and challenging phase is starting that will require different but no less demanding efforts," told a meeting in of defence ministers from the US-led coalition against IS on Tuesday.

"It is the time for reflection and political and strategic review of the future of our fight against jihadist terrorism," said.

"IS has been routed from its territory but its deadly ideology has not been vanquished," she said.

Pinotti and US were among 15 defence ministers attending Tuesday's summit focused on foreign fighters and the reconstruction of areas of and formerly under IS control.

Meanwhile, Italy's said on Tuesday that the global coalition against the Islamic State was now at a "crucial" stage in its battle to eradicate jihadist group.

Although the IS had been seriously weakened by its defeats in and Syria, much remained to be done to prevent a resurgence of the group and to reconstruct the areas it once controlled, Alfano told a coalition meeting in

"We have defeated IS, freeing at least eight million people from the jihadists' grip," he said. "Now the crucial stage of our mission begins."



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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 20:48 IST