Further to this post,
Justin Trudeau vs the Jihadis: All You Need is Love
[note Australia, Italy at end]
here the core countries go again:
Le Drian, Carter, Other Ministers To Discuss ISIS Strategy
PARIS — French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is due to hold two private meetings with Ash Carter on Wednesday [Jan. 27] when the US defense secretary comes to France for a conference about the campaign against the Islamic State, the official agenda shows.
Carter will join defense ministers from Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands at the three-hour conference held by Le Drian, as France seeks to intensify the military campaign against the Islamic State, said a Defense Ministry official…
The seven ministers, meeting over a three-hour working lunch, will consider military and political options aimed at an “acceleration and intensification” of the campaign against the Islamic State, the official said. Those seven countries contribute the most in airpower and training for local fighters, with some 60 nations in the coalition against the extremist group.
France has asked for help from allies, particularly from the 27 fellow European Union member states, in the wake of the Nov. 13 attacks here, which sparked heightened domestic security needs.
Any EU bilateral assistance, evoked under article 42.7 of the Lisbon treaty, would allow France to lighten its military load, as some 3,500 troops and equipment are deployed in the Barkhane mission in Sahel sub-Saharan Africa.
EU nations have responded with “solidarity,” the official said. Germany is ready to send some 600 troops to Mali, where the Netherlands is assisting the military effort and other EU countries have offered help. The UN maintains the 10,000-strong MINUSMA force in Mali, a peacekeeping force that comes under attack from jihadist insurgents. France is also deployed in the troubled Central African Republic [see also: “Former Liberal Defence Minister Wants Canada to Help Fight Jihadis in Africa“].
Britain, after an intense parliamentary debate last month, joined France and the US in conducting airstrikes in Syria, while Germany will fly Tornado reconnaissance missions. Berlin also sends troops to train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State forces in Iraq…
See this post for two other countries not invited to these core meetings–Denmark and Belgium: