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    Italy will send eight helicopters to Iraq to provide combat and logistical assistance in the fight against terrorism, the Italian defense minister said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Last month, the Italian Defense Ministry announced that it would send 130 military personnel to Iraq where they will be stationed in Erbil.

    "The Italian government will send four Mongoose (A-129) helicopters and four other NH90 planes to Iraq in the coming days… The aircraft will be deployed in northern Erbil for combat, search and rescue purposes," Roberta Pinotti said in a statement published by the portal Iraqi News on Thursday.

    The US-led international coalition of over 60 countries has been fighting against Daesh, both in Syria and Iraq, since 2014.


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