Other countries want to help Italy in Iraq says Gentiloni

Italy training Iraqi police, soldiers

(ANSA) - Rome, February 2 - Other countries in the anti-ISIS coalition say they want to help train Iraqi forces, Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday. "Several coalition countries have expressed interest in helping Italy," he said.
    Italy's mission in Iraq is to train Iraqi police and some 2,200 Kurdish fighters, he said. The latter "have been very active in the liberation campaigns" to free Iraqi cities from the so-called Islamic State terror group, he said. "Italy pays special attention to involving Sunni (Muslims) and women in its training programs," he added. The ISIS insurgency espouses a fundamentalist Sunni Muslim interpretation of Islamic teachings.
    Gentiloni spoke at a joint press conference with United States Secretary of State John Kerry after a summit of the US-led international anti-ISIS coalition in Rome.


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