Anti-ISIL coalition meets to review progress

Members of the international coalition fighting the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) in Iraq and Syria are meeting Wednesday (July 20th) and Thursday to review progress in the battle to eliminate the group, AFP reported.

The recent attacks in Nice, Istanbul, Baghdad and Dhaka that have left hundreds dead and injured will be the primary focus of discussion at the Washington, D.C., meeting, an official said.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry is heading the Egyptian delegation, which will include the Grand Mufti's aide, Ibrahim Negm, and will be the first time leading Islamic legal authority Dar al-Ifta has been included in a delegation for such meetings, Egypt's Ahram Online reported.

According to Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid, efforts exerted by Dar al-Ifta in the field of fighting extremism, resisting extremist ideologies being spread on social media, and the posting of edicts that aim to falsify militant religious discourse will be presented.

Representatives of 43 countries, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia, are expected to participate in the meetings.

The coalition, which has conducted 14,000 air strikes in two years, is largely succeeding on the ground, a top US official said, but work remains to be done to eliminate extremist networks.

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