Iraq’s government would welcome Russian air strikes against Islamic State and was receiving information from both Syria and Russia on the militant group, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday.

The United States has led air strikes against Islamic State in Iraq for more than a year, but Baghdad has repeatedly bemoaned the lack of engagement and air support for Iraqi forces trying to regain territory against the group.

On Wednesday, Russian warplanes began air strikes in neighboring Syria, saying it would hit Islamic State “and other terrorist groups.”

Abadi, asked by France 24 television whether he had discussed air strikes with Russia in his country, said: “”Not yet” and “it is a possibility. If we get the offer we will consider it and I would welcome it.”

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