Japan's Abe pledges support for Mideast countries battling Islamic State

January 17, 2015 7:57 AM

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Japan's Abe pledges support for Mideast countries battling Islamic State

CAIRO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Saturday that the world would suffer an "immeasurable loss" if terrorism spreads in the Middle East and pledged about $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State.

The threat of Islamist militancy has come into sharp focus outside the Middle East after gunmen killed 17 people in three days of violence in Paris that began on Jan. 7 with an attack on the offices of a newspaper that had published satirical images of the Prophet Mohammad.

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