Coalition against ISIL "coming together:" US

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Samantha Power. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

The allied coalition against the Islamic militant group, ISIL, is "coming together" in the words of the US Ambassador to the UN.

Samantha Power said five Arab countries had participated in air strikes with the US against terrorist targets in Syria.

ISIL has become infamous around the world for the beheadings of western civilians and other summary executions in the region.

Speaking after a meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday Ambassador Power said the coalition against the militant group was strengthening.

"On Iraq, I just learned that the United Kingdom participated in its first strikes today. I also think we've seen that the Netherlands is itself flying F16s alongside the coalition in Iraq. I think Denmark intends to do the same but has to have a parliamentary debate first, so everyday you see new contributions."

The Security Council was earlier briefed by the UN humanitarian chief, Valerie Amos who said that 160,000 people had fled to neighbouring countries from Syria following attacks by ISIL.

She warned of tens of thousands more refugees if the group continued to take territory.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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