The Arab League's Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby speaks to Nasr al-Hariri, secretary-general of the Syrian National Coalition, at the League's headquarters in Cairo September 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby Sunday called for a military and political confrontation with ISIS jihadists and other militants he said threatened the existence of Arab states.ISIS, originally an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq that expanded in the Syrian conflict, claims its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the rightful leader, or Caliph, of all Muslims.The United States Sunday expanded its month-long air campaign against the militants in Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, hitting ISIS fighters west Baghdad as Iraq troops launched a ground assault.Aside from fighting in Iraq, Arab states are concerned that ISIS is coordinating with domestic extremists and that militants who traveled to join the group may conduct attacks on their return home.
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