U.S.-led coalition needs 'two years' to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK

January 22, 2015 10:51 AM

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U.S.-led coalition needs 'two years' to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK

LONDON (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State could need up to two years to expel the militant group from Iraq whose own forces are still months away from launching proper combat operations, 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 IS back in Iraq would be slow and that Iraqi forces were getting better but were still some way off from being able to launch a major ground offensive.

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