On the 5 Sep 14 the Homeland Security announced that The United States has announced it is forming a "core coalition" to fight Islamic State in Iraq, and has given the new group of states two weeks to finalize plans to help the Iraqi government and the Kurds in the north intensify the campaign against the militants. The core group consists of NATO members, but it is expected that Iraqis Sunni neighbours such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the Gulf states (except Jihadists-supporting Qatar), and even Arab countries farther afield such as Egypt and Morocco, will cooperate closely with the coalition and lend support to its operations, and that some of these Sunni countries would join it.
United States/Niger – The Washington Post confirmed on the 1 Sep 14 that Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou had authorised the establishment of a US surveillance base in the northern region of Agadez. Agadez borders Mali (west), Algeria (northwest), Libya (north), and Chad (south). The region serves as a key transit route for trans-Saharan trafficking. It is also a hotspot for terrorist activity. In May 13, a double suicide attack targeted a Nigerien defence base outside Agadez town and a French-owned uranium mine in Arlit (200 km north of Agadez town). In 2010, four French workers were kidnapped in Arlit and later released following the alleged payment of a EUR20-million (USD26-million) ransom in October 2013.