The U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry revealed before this conference that nearly 40 countries agreed to contribute to a worldwide fight to defeat the militants before they add territory in Iraq and Syria. French President Francois Hollande and his Iraqi counterpart will co-chair the conference. Muslim-majority countries are considered vital to any operation in the effort to have a working plan against ISIS (or ISIL). “That’s why we know that ultimately, to defeat and ultimately destroy ISIL — something that is not only in our interest but in the interest of the countries in the region — they are going to need to take the fight to it,”said White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Sunday to the media. All participants to the conference in Paris agree that an action against this form of the Islamic terrorism is needed quickly. “Originally this is not a war,” Mr. Kerry said, however. “This is not combat troops on the ground. It’s not hundreds of thousands of people” he added to better explain how things will be.