Iraq may request Russian air strikes on ISIS soon: official

A still image shows a Russian air force helicopter on the tarmac of Heymim air base near the Syrian port town of Latakia. (Reuters)

Iraq may request Russian air strikes against ISIS on its soil soon and wants Moscow to have a bigger role than the United States in the war against the group, the head of parliament’s defence and security committee told Reuters on Wednesday.

“We might be forced to ask Russia to launch air strikes in Iraq soon. I think the upcoming few days or weeks Iraq will be forced to ask Russia to launch air strikes and that depends on their success in Syria,” said Hakim al-Zamili.

 

 

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