SYDNEY: Baghdad has not requested foreign ground forces to battle the Islamic State group, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari said Thursday after Barack Obama called for military operations that stop short of a full scale invasion.
The US president said Wednesday he would not flinch from sending US Special Forces to kill Islamic State group leaders, as he urged Congress for authority to take the fight to the extremists beyond their current footholds in Syria and Iraq if necessary.
In Sydney, the Iraqi minister said ground forces were not part of his government’s plan.
“We have never asked for a ground forces contribution,” he said through an interpreter after meetings with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.
“We have established a set of guidelines,” for the international coalition, al-Jafaari told a press conference.
This was to provide air support for Iraqi forces, training and intelligence, he stressed.