- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The framework for an international coalition to combat the Islamic State began to form Wednesday, when two U.S. allies said they are willing to help Kurdish fighters battle the militants who beheaded an American journalist on Tuesday.

Germany and Italy announced Wednesday that they are prepared to join Britain and France in delivering weapons and other military gear such as helmets and security vests to the Kurdish fighters, Reuters reported.

Germany and Italy made public their desire to assist with weapons delivery following the beheading of James Wright Foley, an American freelance photojournalist who was captured in Syria and executed by the Islamic State.

On Tuesday, video of the execution surfaced on social media sites.

Mr. Foley’s executioner said his death was to avenge U.S. airstrikes against the group’s members. The executioner warned that any attempt by President Obama to deny the Muslims their right to live safely under Islamic State rule would result in the bloodshed of U.S. citizens.

Kurdish fighters have been battling the Islamic State as the group has moved toward the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

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