Stop Referring to Mideast Extremists as 'Islamic State,' Argues France FM

Laurent Fabius referred to the group as Da'ash, since 'Islamic State' does not represent Islam nor a state.

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Fighters from Islamic State march in Raqqa, Syria. This undated photo was posted on a militant website on Jan. 14, 2014.Credit: AP

France's foreign minister says people should stop referring to extremists in Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State, arguing that they do not represent Islam or a state.

France has urged international action against the extremists and is sending arms to Kurdish authorities to fight the militants. The French president is going to Iraq on Friday and hosting an international conference Monday on how to stop the group and help Iraq.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius referred to the group Wednesday as Da'ash, the acronym in Arabic for its full former name, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Speaking to lawmakers, Fabius said "the determination of the Daesh butchers is strong. Ours must be even stronger."

Egypt's top Islamic authority also argues the group should not be called Islamic State.