Middle East Online
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister
Haidar al-Abadi opposes the deployment of foreign ground forces
in Iraq as part of efforts to combat jihadists, his office said
meeting with Australian Defense Minister David Johnston in
Baghdad, Abadi reaffirmed his "rejection of any ground
intervention in Iraq", a statement said.
Both the United States and France have carried
out air strikes against jihadists in Iraq, a campaign that is
likely to be expanded to neighboring Syria.
But Washington has repeatedly asserted that it
would not deploy ground troops to the country in which its
forces fought a bloody and costly war before withdrawing at the
end of 2011.
the United States has already deployed hundreds of military
personnel to Iraq since June for tasks that include advising
the Pentagon has said that it will fly combat aircraft from a
base in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region as part of a "more
aggressive" air campaign against the militants.
Militants led by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist
group launched a major offensive in June, seizing Iraq's second
city Mosul and then overrunning much of the Sunni Arab
heartland, sweeping security forces aside.
IS last month launched a renewed push in the
north that drove Kurdish forces back towards their regional
capital Arbil, sparking the American air campaign.