News ID: 111597
Published: 0704 GMT February 13, 2015

Iraq: No request for US troops

Iraq: No request for US troops

Iraq’s foreign minister denied seeking the US deployment of special forces to his country for fighting the ISIL terrorist group, stressing that Baghdad has not asked the UN for any such troops.

“The message that Iraq has submitted to the (United Nations) Security Council never included a request for ground forces to enter Iraqi territory to conduct such operations,” Ibrahim al-Jaafari told a press conference after meeting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Thursday.

The minister further said Iraqi armed forces were making gains against the terrorists on their own and were not in need of more troops, Press TV reported.

“We have established a set of guidelines” for the US-led coalition, including air support for Iraqi forces as well as providing training and intelligence, Jaafari said, emphasizing that “no country has regular armies or ground troops present in Iraq except for providing training and counseling”.

Bishop said Australia’s role in Iraq was solely restricted to aerial support, training, advice and intelligence, adding, “We have not sought to expand our role to include combat troops.”

During a press conference in the White House on Wednesday, US President Barack Obama said the Washington-led coalition purportedly fighting against the ISIL terrorist group in Iraq and Syria is on the offensive and that he might use US special forces to eliminate the ISIL terrorists.

His remarks came hours after he asked Congress to authorize a three-year war against ISIL “and associated forces”.

The ISIL terrorists control some parts of Iraq and Syria. They are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds and Christians. 

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