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    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said on Monday that he was in favor of international military support in countering terrorism and preventing radicalization, but against combat missions on Iraqi soil.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Abadi hosted a delegation headed by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Baghdad. The primary issue on the agenda was terrorism and ways to counter it, particularly, Daesh terrorist group, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.

    "[Abadi] added that Iraq is defeating Daesh gangs, and there is not any [need for a] foreign force to fight terrorism on Iraqi soil, and looked forward to more support from the international community in arming and training," the prime minister's office said in a statement.

    The prime minister mentioned the fact that Daesh militants were, for the most part, able to move freely across the Iraqi-Syrian border, as an area that required international assistance to protect Iraq from further radicalization.

    Abadi said that terrorism was a threat, not only for the Middle East, but also for Europe, warning that "Germany is not far from this threat."

    Iraq's largest province, Anbar, is largely controlled by Daesh, with the Iraqi army currently conducting a large-scale operation to liberate the region.


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