IRAK: Australian PM in Baghdad to talk fight against Islamic State

Publié: 4 janvier 2015 dans Australie, Informations générales, Irak

Global News

BAGHDAD – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott arrived in Baghdad on Sunday to discuss ways his country can boost Iraqi security forces in their fight against the Islamic State group.

Abbott and his Iraqi counterpart, Haider al-Abadi, discussed military co-operation between the two countries, including the training and equipping of Iraqi security forces, said Iraqi state television.

READ MORE: Majority of Canadians support use of troops to stop ISIS: poll

The Iraqi army collapsed last summer in the face of a lightning Islamic State group blitz that left about a third of Iraq and Syria in militant hands.

Australian fighter jets are launching airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in northern Iraq as part of a U.S.-led coalition and 200 Australian special forces troops will soon enter Iraq to advise and assist local security forces.

In Sunday’s violence, police said mortar shells slammed into several houses in the Shiite village…

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