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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    Estonian military may join the fight against the Islamic State militants in 2016, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament Marko Mihkelson said.

    TALLINN (Sputnik) — On Thursday, the country’s government approved a bill, adopting an open mandate which allows up to 50 Estonian servicemen to be directed to address conflicts in any part of the world in 2016.

    "The actions of the ISIL are a long-term problem for the security of Europe and our allies, such as Turkey. I do not exclude that in the future our soldiers may be involved in the preparation of young fighters in Iraq or elsewhere in the region," Mihkelson said Thursday, as broadcast by the local television.

    It was too early to say exactly where the soldiers would be sent to, the lawmaker added.

    ISIL is an extremist group that has occupied large areas of Iraq and Syria in recent years and seeks to establish a caliphate ruled by strict Sharia law on the territory under its control.

    A US-led international coalition has been launching airstrikes against the ISIL in Syria and Iraq since 2014.

    On September 30, Russia began an air campaign against the Islamic State terrorists in Syria on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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