President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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The president noted Australia is a key contributor to the coalition, with the second-largest force of ground troops in Iraq behind the United States.Australia has said it is among 40 countries being pressed by the U.S. to boost their military contributions in Iraq and Syria against ISIS after the deadly attack in Paris in November.Obama said after that meeting that they had discussed the fight against extremism, as well as the need to increase international pressure on ISIS.Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Turnbull met Monday at the Pentagon.
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