Italy to supply training, in-flight refueling in ISIS bid

Rome to evaluate other responses as situation evolves, minister

(ANSA) - Rome, September 23 - Italy has pledged a refuelling aircraft and military instructors for the US-led campaign against Islamic State (ISIS) militants operating in Syria and Iraq, Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said Tuesday. "If there are other needs in future we will evaluate the response to make," Pinotti said. "We have officers at the operation's command headquarters in Tampa, Florida. They will update us on the programming and evolution of the situation," she added.
    The US is leading a broad coalition against ISIS militants, who have carved out swathes of Syria and Iraq into a self-proclaimed caliphate. Last week Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherina said Italy would not take part in air strikes against the terrorist organisation but that it might provide other kinds of military support.


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