Fawaz Gerges, Professor of Middle East Relations at the London School of Economics, says there are crucial absentees from the US-led coalition which has met in Paris to discuss combatting the Islamic State group
President Barack Obama and European leaders are in Wales this morning for a meeting of NATO members attempting to get to grips with the crisis in Ukraine and the military options for tackling Islamic State (ISIS) in Northern Iraq.
Both the UN and Amnesty International have expressed concern at the scale of atrocities in northern Iraq and the bloody trail of death left by Islamic State fighters. A UN spokesman said "Christians and others have been driven from their homes with the threat of 'convert or die.' The Yazidis have been buried alive, beheaded or killed in mass executions." Meanwhile in a new report Amnesty International, says Islamic State fighters are carrying out a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing, carrying out war crimes against ethnic and religious minorities. Joining us now from London Middle East specialist Hazir Tamourian.