The meeting Tuesday afternoon outside Washington with military leaders from 20 countries including Turkey and Saudi Arabia comes amid growing pressure for the U.S.-led coalition to do more to stop the Islamic State's advance, says Reuters.
On Monday, fighters for the Islamic State seized control of an army base in western Iraq — the third in three weeks — as Iraqi forces in Anbar province appeared close to collapse despite U.S.-led airstrikes, The Washington Post reports.
The instability in Anbar province has led to fears that Islamic State fighters could use their gains to push into areas closer to the capital, including the Abu Ghraib district just west of Baghdad’s international airport, the Post says.
The situation in Anbar is in contrast to events in northern Iraq, where U.S. airstrikes, backed by Kurdish ground forces, have reversed some of the Islamic State’s gains, says the Post.
The United Nations said on Monday that as many as 180,000 people have been displaced by fighting in and around the city of Hit in Anbar province since the city fell to Islamic State militants earlier this month.