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U.S. Seeks To Spur Global Action Against Militants

Men in orange jumpsuits purported to be Egyptian Christians held captive by the Islamic State (IS) are marched by armed men along a beach said to be near Tripoli, in this still image from an undated video made available on social media on Februar

The United States on February 19 sought to galvanize global action to combat violent militant groups.

On the third and final day of a White House summit, President Barack Obama pledged the United States would be "a strong partner" to help neutralize groups such as Islamic State (IS).

Obama cautioned that governments must remain "unwavering in our fight against terrorist organizations."

Obama laid out a list of priorities to help defeat the "warped ideologies" espoused by groups like IS and Al-Qaeda.

The priorities included closer cooperation between governments against foreign fighters, the need to cut off funding for extremist groups, as well as expanding education and opportunity for all, especially women, and promoting democracy and free elections.

Obama challenged representatives from the more than 60 nations who attended the conference to bring their ideas to the UN general assembly in September.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced at the summit that he will invite faith leaders from all over the world to the United Nations in the coming months as a first step in a UN action plan to prevent violent extremism.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP