Anti-ISIS coalition to meet next week

Foreign dignitaries from around 60 countries that make up the international coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will meet for the first time next week, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryWesley Clark says Trump not serving in Vietnam 'might have been for the best' in light of Russian bounty reports Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden The Memo: Trump's 2020 path gets steeper MORE will chair the first ministerial meeting on Dec. 3 at NATO headquarters in Brussels. The ministers plan to “discuss the political mechanism for our joint efforts to degrade and defeat” ISIS, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.


The confab likely will serve as an important update to allies as the U.S. continues to lead airstrikes both inside Iraq and Syria against the terror group.

Besides the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada and France have also launched airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have taken part in or supported the air campaign against ISIS in Syria.

Rep. Rob WittmanRobert (Rob) Joseph WittmanTrade groups make lobbying push to be included in small business loan program Overnight Defense: 32 dead in ISIS-claimed attack in Kabul | Trump says Taliban could 'possibly' overrun Afghan government when US leaves | House poised for Iran war powers vote next week Republicans eye top spot on Natural Resources panel MORE (R-Va.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told The Hill that the U.S. is in talks with Arab countries about possibly deploying ground troops into Iraq and Syria to combat the terror organization.