Obama Thanks Australia for Iraq Coalition Help

October 22, 2014 5:33 PM

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Obama Thanks Australia for Iraq Coalition Help

President Barack Obama thanked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his country's "significant" support in the coalition fighting against the Islamic State jihadist group in Iraq, the White House said Wednesday.

In a telephone conversation with Abbott on Tuesday, Obama praised Australia for its role in Iraq, which has included airstrikes as well as a commitment to deploy around 200 special forces to assist Iraqi troops.

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