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US Defence Secretary seeks support against ISIL


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US Defence Secretary seeks support against ISIL

  • Meeting Iraqi PM
  • Seeking support for fight against ISIL
  • Elite troops already sent to Iraq, Syria
  • Washington offering helicopters for Ramadi

The US Defence Secretary is hoping his trip to Baghdad will lead to increased support for the fight against ISIL.

Ash Carter wants to step up the military campaign against the militants.

The hardline Sunni Muslim group controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and has a presence in other Arab countries.

They have claimed responsibility for attacks in the West, like those in Paris in November.

The hardline Sunni Muslim group controls swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and has a presence in other Arab countries.

They have claimed responsibility for attacks in the West, like those in Paris in November.

US elite troops sent in

The US has recently announced plans to deploy elite American troops to carry out raids against ISIL militants in Iraq and Syria.

Helicopters to Ramadi

Washington says it is also willing to deploy experts and attack helicopters to help retake the city of Ramadi.

The capital of Anbar province fell to ISIL fighters in May. Hopes of routing the group from north and western Iraq.

There is likely to be resistance from Iranian-backed Shi’ite groups who oppose greater American military involvement in Iraq.

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