- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ROME (AP) - Italy is considering playing a more active role in Iraq combating the Islamic State group but no decision has been made.

Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti stressed at a news conference Wednesday with her U.S. counterpart, Defense Secretary Ash Carter, that Italy is not considering any role in Syria since the Damascus government hasn’t asked for assistance.

Italy has provided Tornado jets for reconaissance missions, weapons for Kurdish fighters and training units. Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported Tuesday that Italy was preparing to use its Tornados for airstrikes.

Pinotti said: “As far as further commitments by Italy on different issues, we are assessing the situation. And no decision will be taken without parliamentary approval.”

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