Harper and Obama talk strategy to deal with Iraq crisis

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic...

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:16 PM ET

OTTAWA — In a telephone conversation Tuesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed on the "need to confront" ISIS, a militant group trying to establish an Islamic state in Iraq.

As attacks against Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities ramped up over the weekend, Canada pledged $5 million in humanitarian aid while the U.S. launched airstrikes against ISIS.

According to Harper's office, "the leaders exchanged views on the developments in Iraq" and "agreed on the need to confront the barbaric actions of the terrorist organization ISIS."

Harper expressed Canada's readiness to offer additional assistance and said Canadian "officials will work with their counterparts to identify ways in which Canada can continue to support the humanitarian effort."

Harper "expressed his strong support for U.S. airstrikes against the terrorists as well as ongoing humanitarian relief efforts."

Canada's humanitarian contribution includes basic necessities such as food, hygiene kits, tents and blankets.


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