Uniting Against IS

Uniting Against ISUniting Against IS

Germany is trying to convince Iran and Turkey to join the fight against Islamic State (IS) militants, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told a German newspaper. In a recent interview with Berlin’s Tagesspiegel daily, Steinmeier said longstanding animosities in the Middle East needed to be set aside to ensure a united front against IS. “We are trying to convince the Arab countries, Turkey and Iran that it is necessary to work together against IS,” he told the newspaper, Reuters reported.  Iran has blamed the West for the rise of IS, which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq, but also suggested the need for common action in confronting extremists.