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Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says his country's forces are capable of defeating the Islamic State group without the help of foreign combat forces.

His statement came after US Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress that a new special operations force will be deployed to Iraq to step up fighting against IS which controls a wide area of Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Al-Abadi said his country needs training, weapons and advice from the International community and not foreign forces fighting on Iraqi soil.

He added that such a move needs his government's approval and full coordination.


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