With 40 of its nationals still in captivity in Iraq, India may not join the all-out efforts of the US in creating a global coalition against the Islamic State terror group for which President Barack Obama is expected to seek the support of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So far, more than 40 countries have joined the US-led international coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State (IS).
According to the sources, India, which has been a victim of terrorism and has a very tough stance on the issue, will not be able to overtly go against the terror group that has gained control over large swaths of Syria and Iraq.
“Our position against the menace of terrorism is very well known. But 40 of our nationals are still in captivity,” sources said.
While India was able to secure the release of 46 nurses held captive, another 40 nationals, working on projects near Mosul in Iraq were kidnapped by ISIS militants in early June.
Like he has been doing with other leaders, Obama is expected to urge Modi to join the international coalition against the IS terrorist outfit during their talks in Washington.
The White House, however, has refused to make any comment on the substance of discussion between Obama and Modi on September 29 and 30.
“As we’ve said, we believe there is a role for all countries to play. Beyond that, I’m not in position to preview the substance of the visit yet,” Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson of the National Security Council of the White House, had said.
ISIL militants have executed two American journalists and a British aid worker in Syria, prompting the West to join hands to combat the terror group.