A major conference in Paris on Monday called by French President Francois Hollande has seen 30 countries pledge to help fight militants from Islamic State by “all means necessary”. Most recognized as grave the threat to the region by militants who seized large parts of Iraq in recent months. The Czech Republic, participating in the conference, pledged support for Iraq and the Kurds in this time of crisis. Besides, providing ammunition, Foreign Minister Lubomír Zaorálek said, the Czech Republic would provide humanitarian aid and would offer training of civil defence forces.