this pressed: BBC News – Iraq approves Australian anti-Islamic State forces
Islamic State has waged a brutal campaign to seize territory, displacing many thousands
Kurds are desperate for help, but Turkey is refusing to renege on its long-standing enmity
“We have reached an agreement for a legal framework and now it will be a matter for our military when our special forces will be deployed,” Ms Bishop said at the end of a two-day trip to Baghdad.
Despite a huge effort by the US and its allies, Islamic State militants are continuing to rule over large parts of Iraq and Syria.
In recent weeks, the group has carried out a wave of suicide attacks, and has fended off attacks by Iraq’s armed forces.
Militants are also embroiled in fighting with Kurdish forces in the northern Syrian town of Kobane.
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