Islamic State must be confronted 'militarily and politically': Arab League chief

Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi speaks during a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (unseen) in the Kuwaiti capital on Aug 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Arab League general secretary Nabil al-Arabi speaks during a joint press conference with Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khaled al-Sabah (unseen) in the Kuwaiti capital on Aug 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP, REUTERS) - Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi on Sunday called for a comprehensive military and political confrontation with Islamic State (ISIS) militants and other jihadists.

"What is needed is a clear decision for a comprehensive confrontation, militarily and politically," Mr Arabi said at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers, a day after he and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed taking action against the jihadist group that controls swathes of Iraq and Syria.

An Iraqi diplomatic source said Baghdad had proposed a draft resolution that would endorse its efforts to confront Islamic State militants and condemn the group's actions as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Other diplomatic sources said the Arab League would agree a resolution endorsing the US military campaign against the group.

Iraq earlier welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan for an international coalition against jihadists as a "strong message of support", after repeatedly calling for aid against the militants.

Mr Obama outlined the plan at a Nato summit Friday for a broad coalition to defeat ISIS, which led an offensive that overran parts of Iraq in June and also holds significant territory in neighbouring Syria.