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Australia to send 300 military to Iraq to help fighting ISIS

3 march 2015 | 11:05

Australian troops will be deployed in the city of Taj northwest of Baghdad, which already has 140 soldiers from New Zealand.

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Iraqi Prime Minister supports the decision of the Australian Government
Australia will send 300 soldiers to train Iraqi troops in fighting "Islamic State" (IS) in response to the US request for assistance of the international coalition, announced the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Last year, Australia sent 600 troops to Iraq: 400 specialists of military aviation and 200 Special Forces soldiers.

"Iraqi Prime Minister supports the decision of our government, moreover, it corresponds to the official US request for the Australian Defence Force contribution to the international coalition," – quotes Reuters Abbott's words.

According to the agency, the Australian troops will be deployed in the city of Taj, which is northwest of Baghdad. The place already has 140 soldiers from New Zealand.

An extensive expansion of IS, as a result of which it seized a large area of ​​Iraq and Syria, was one of the world's major problems in 2014. The group, which has, according to the CIA, nearly 30,000 militants announced about the creation of Caliphate in the occupied territories and seeks to further expand its acquisition.

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Earlier, the US President Barack Obama asked the US Congress to approve the use of troops against the IS. It was reported that the US is ready to use Armed Forces against the "Islamic state." Currently, the US fights the militants using air attacks and assists Iraqi forces with intelligence. In 2014 the IS seized cities in Iraq and Syria. They are fought by government troops, the international coalition, Iraqi and Syrian Kurds.

Source: RIA-NOVOSTI

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