Russia will ‘consider’ expanding its air offensive to Iraq

Russia is said to be considering Iraq’s offer to allow it to carry out air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraqi territory.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 30 he may allow Russia to carry out air strikes on the terror group inside Iraq if Moscow offered.

“It is a possibility. If we get the offer, we will consider it,” Abadi said.

Meanwhile, Iran has deployed hundreds of troops to Syira in the past two weeks ahead of what observers say will be a major ground offensive against ISIL. Sources told Reuters that the Iranian troops will join with Hizbullah fighters and both will receive air support from Russia.

“The vanguard of Iranian ground forces began arriving in Syria: soldiers and officers specifically to participate in this battle. They are not advisers … we mean hundreds with equipment and weapons. They will be followed by more.”

Full article: Russia will ‘consider’ expanding its air offensive to Iraq (World Tribune)

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