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Anti-ISIS meeting with international officials held in Quebec City

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, left, talks during a North Atlantic Council Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday July 28, 2015. For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors met in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated actions Turkish authorities are taking in response. AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

QUEBEC CITY – High-ranking officials from some 20 countries were in Quebec City Thursday to discuss various aspects of the fight against Islamic State militants.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson attended the closed-door meeting, which was co-presided by Canada, the United States and Iraq.

European Union and United Nations officials were also in attendance, as was retired U.S. general John Allen, U.S. President Barack Obama’s envoy in the anti-ISIL coalition.

The international coalition has stepped up its campaign against ISIS with the involvement of Turkey, which last week began striking targets in Syria and agreed to allow the United States to launch its own strikes from Turkey’s strategically located Incirlik Air Base.

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