Intelligence Data Exchange Underway at Baghdad Info Center – Iraqi Official

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Russian aircraft in Syria

Shahwan Abdallah, the secretary of the Iraqi parliament’s defense committee, said that only the department for collecting intelligence data related to the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadists movement, used for selecting targets for air strikes, is operating at the moment.

The US doesn't show any signs of interest in joining the Baghdad Information Center in the fight against the ISIL.

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US Not Showing Signs of Interest in Joining Baghdad Info Center

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The exchange of reconnaissance data is already taking place at the information center, established by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran in Baghdad, the secretary of the Iraqi parliament’s defense committee told Sputnik Thursday.

“The coordination center already exists in Baghdad… What we have now is joint coordination and information exchange between the founding countries,” Shahwan Abdallah said.

According to the Iraqi official, only the department for collecting intelligence data related to the Islamic State (ISIL) jihadists movement, used for selecting targets for air strikes, is operating at the moment.

“If there is information on ISIL movements in Iraq, then the Iraqi aviation carries out airstrikes, if the information is on Syria then the Russian aviation does it,” Abdallah said.

An aerial picture taken on board a helicopter shows a view of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on June 23, 2014

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Russia May Provide Reconnaissance Aircraft, Satellite Images for Baghdad Info Center

In late September, Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran created the Baghdad Information Center to coordinate joint military actions against ISIL. The four countries are represented by officers of the national armed forces, whose primary task is to collect and analyze data related to ISIL operations in the region.On September 30, Russia began conducting precision airstrikes on Islamic State militant group positions in Syria at the request of President Bashar Assad.

Since the beginning of the air campaign, Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out some 830 strikes, killing several hundred militants and destroying dozens of command centers, and depots used by the terrorists.

Read more: http://sputniknews.com/middleeast/20151022/1028946133/baghdad-info-center.html#ixzz3pKCbq4LM

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