'Iraq .. We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans': Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from .. The Caspian Sea'
Oct 7, 2015
This night ship strike group of the Russian Navy launched cruise missiles against ISIS infrastructural facilities in Syria
Russian missiles 'hit IS in Syria from Caspian Sea'
Russia says it has launched rocket strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria from its warships in the Caspian Sea - about 1,500km (930 miles) away.
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October 7, 2015
'We are seeking bigger role for Russia than Americans' - Iraq defense committee chairman
Baghdad, Russia’s ally in its fight against ISIS, wants Russia to have a bigger role in the anti-terrorist campaign in Iraq than the US and may soon officially request to start airstrikes on its soil, the chairman of Iraqi parliament’s defense committee said.
"We might be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes in Iraq soon. I think in the upcoming few days or weeks Iraq will be forced to ask Russia to launch airstrikes and that depends on their success in Syria," said Hakim al-Zamili, Reuters reported.
"We are seeking to see Russia having a bigger role in Iraq... Yes, definitely a bigger role than the Americans," Zamili said.
The Iraqi official told RIA Novosti that the decision would depend on how efficient the Russian campaign in Syria proved to be.
Russia last week started carrying out airstrikes in Syria against the positions of Islamic State, a terrorist group originating in Iraq, which also grew a power base in neighboring Syria and launched a surprise offensive in Iraq, taking control of large parts of both countries.
Iraq is supporting the campaign by sharing intelligence with Russia through a communication center in Baghdad. Iran and Syria are also part of the center.
According to Zamili, the center’s role may be expanded to coordinate Russia’s future airstrikes in Iraq.