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    US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington will continue to work closely with Baghdad on “exactly who would be deployed, where they would be deployed, what kinds of missions people would undertake.”

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The United States had informed Baghdad in advance on Pentagon’s decision to send a special expeditionary force to Iraq to assist in fight against the Islamic State (ISIL or Daesh), and will continue to stay in full consultation with the country’s government, US Secretary of State John Kerry said in Brussels on Wednesday.

    Iraqi government spokesman Saad Hudaythi told Sputnik earlier in the day that the Iraqi government is against having foreign ground forces on its territory and has only asked the US-led coalition to intensify airstrikes.

    “The Government of Iraq was of course briefed in advance of [US Defense] Secretary Carter’s announcement,” Kerry stated at a meeting of 28 NATO foreign ministers. “I can assure you that as the plans are developed, it will be in full consultation and with the full consent of the Iraqi Government.”

    Kerry added that Washington will continue to work closely with Baghdad on “exactly who would be deployed, where they would be deployed, what kinds of missions people would undertake.”

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Tuesday that a new special operations force would be sent to fight ISIL militants in Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi said the same day that any foreign ground operation in Iraq required approval of local authorities.

    The ISIL is a violent terrorist group infamous for public beheadings and other atrocities, it is outlawed in many countries, including Russia and the United States.


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