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Merkel Vows Germany Will Do More To Fight Islamist Militants


German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and French President Francois Hollande pay their respects to the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks on the Place de la Republic in Paris on November 25.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and French President Francois Hollande pay their respects to the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks on the Place de la Republic in Paris on November 25.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would think about how her country could do more to support the fight against the extremist group Islamic State (IS) in the wake of the Paris attacks by IS militants that killed 130 people.

It was Germany's "duty to reflect" and to "act quickly", Merkel said in Paris on November 25, after being asked by French President Francois Hollande to commit more to the struggle against IS in Iraq and Syria.

"We are stronger than any terrorism. Nevertheless, terrorism must be fought with all possible force," Merkel said at a joint news conference with Hollande.

She added that IS can't be "beaten by words."

Merkel and Hollande spoke after visiting Paris's Place de la Republique, a major square that has become a major center for tributes to the victims of the November 13 attacks.

Hollande is meeting with world leaders this week to gather support for further military action against IS.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP
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