Damascus :  The United States is poised to send spy planes into Syria to track Islamic State jihadists whose advances have sparked international concern and American air strikes in neighbouring Iraq.

  A US official confirmed the plans after Syria yesterday said it was willing to work with the international community, including Washington, to tackle extremist fighters. But American officials said they did not plan to ask Damascus for permission for the flights, despite Syrian insistence that any military action on its soil must be coordinated in advance. International concern about IS has been rising after a lightning offensive by the group through parts of Iraq and a string of brutal abuses, including the murder of US journalist James Foley. The United Nations has accused IS and affiliated groups in Iraq of acts that could amount to crimes against humanity.

Damascus said for the first time that it was willing to work with the international community, including the United States and Britain, to tackle IS and Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

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