A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter observes the front line with Islamic State, in Gwar, northern Iraq
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Iraq PM to ask UK for military 'help'

Iraq's ambassador in London Faik Nerweyi, has said that help against Islamic State "will be core" of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's discussion with David Cameron when they meet later today.

Speaking to Today programme Presenter Mishal Husain, he explained:

"We have been asking all along since June to have help against ISIS and I believe that's going to be core of the discussion between them."

Asked whether the help would involve airstrikes, he said: "Absolutely, and also weapons and many other support."

"To defeat this terrorist organisation is the priority now," he added.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 24 September.

  • 24 Sep 2014
  • From the section UK