Iraq asks Australian PM for more military aid
POSTED: 04 Jan 2015 22:08
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday (Jan 4) to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday (Jan 4) asked his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott to step up military assistance to aid Baghdad's fight against the Islamic State militant group.
Australia is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS, which spearheaded an offensive that overrun swathes of Iraq, and has also deployed special forces to assist Iraqi troops. Abbott visited Baghdad on Sunday to discuss bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Abadi "called on the Australian side to increase the arming and speed up the training and distribution of what is needed by the Iraqi forces to decide the battle and eliminate the (IS) organisation," his office said.
The IS-led offensive in Iraq began last June, and the group's rapid expansion and brutality in areas it controls in Iraq and neighbouring Syria eventually sparked an international campaign against it.
Australia was one of the first countries to confirm its support for the US-led campaign of air strikes against IS. Dozens of Australians are fighting for Islamic militant groups overseas, raising fears that they could return home and carry out attacks.
Source : Channel News Asia (Singapour)
Relayé par H.G