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Italian defense minister in Iraq, meets counterpart

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Italian Defense Minister, Roberta Pinotti, met on Tuesday in Baghdad with her Iraqi counterpart, Erfan al-Hayali, as part of a regional tour where it will check on Italian troops in the region.

Italian agency Nova said Pinotti was conducting a regional tour that also involves the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, where she will meet the Italian military contingents participating in the international coalition against the Islamic State.

Italy has been a member of the United States-led coalition which backed Iraqi forces since 2014 against Islamic State militants who took over a third of the country to proclaim a self-styled “caliphate”.

The coalition announced recently the end of its major operations in Iraq and shifting to training and advisory roles.


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