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Eyes on Iraq

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BRITISH High Commissioner to Fiji Roderick Drummond says the situation in Iraq is one of his government's highest foreign policies at the moment.

Mr Drummond said the British Government was closely monitoring the events in Iraq as militant group State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) tightened their grip on Western and Northern Iraq.

"We don't have British Army units left in Iraq at the moment except possibly some training teams and there could be Fijians in that," Mr Drummond said.

In CNN's update yesterday, it was reported ISIS fighters had continued their advance from the west and north on Baghdad, with at least 70 per cent of the province now under the control of ISIS.

They reported the town Tal Afar in Northern Iraq, the western Anbar town of Rutba, Qaim on the border with Syria and a number of other towns in Anbar province were all under ISIS and the fighters have a direct line to the western outskirts of Baghdad.

Mr Drummond said his government was aware that some British nationals were a part of the ISIS group.

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