March 9, 2017 / 6:18 PM / in 6 months

U.S. to host 68-nation meeting on countering Islamic State: official

An Iraqi rapid response member stands guard near the field hospital, as Iraqi forces battle with Islamic State militants, western Mosul, Iraq March 9, 2017. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a 68-nation meeting in Washington this month to discuss the next moves by the coalition fighting Islamic State, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday.

An official announcement about the March 22-23 ministerial meeting is expected later on Thursday, the official said.

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by Eric Walsh

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