Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi listens to remarks to reporters by U.S. President Barack Obama after their bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington April 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Iraqi forces supported by U.S. airpower will follow their victory in Tikrit with campaigns aimed at defeating the Islamic State group in the oil town of Beiji and the western province of Anbar, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Wednesday.After a strategic Iraqi victory this month in Tikrit, south of Beiji, the Islamic State group launched its own offensive in Anbar Wednesday.Speaking shortly before meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter, al-Abadi also said the timing of the Iraqi campaign depends on the extent of additional military support his forces receive.The Iranian advisers played a key role in the defeat of Islamic State forces in Tikrit; U.S. officials complained that some Iranian-back Shiite militias were not operating under Iraqi government control, but al-Abadi indicated that this concern was misplaced.
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