Abbott in talks with US over Iraq role

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott told a counter-terrorism summit the government was in talks with the United States over Australia's involvement in Iraq.

Mr Abbott told the summit in Sydney on Thursday the government was "talking with our friends" about Australia's role in air strikes and how "the Iraqi forces might be better helped".

His comments come after US President Barack Obama confirmed America would send an extra 450 military personnel to train Iraqi forces in the fight against the Islamic State.

Mr Abbott would not reveal details of the talks, but he said there was no negotiating with the IS.

"You can only fight it," he said.

Mr Abbott denied suggestions of "mission creep" when Australia's initial troop commitment rose from 200 last year to 530 in March this year.


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