Coalition needs two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK

January 22, 2015 1:17 PM

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Coalition needs two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition could take up to two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, and Baghdad's own forces will be incapable of proper combat operations for months, Britain's foreign minister warned on Thursday.

Speaking before he hosted a meeting of 21 coalition members in London, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the task of pushing the Islamist militants back would be slow.

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