Iraqi PM hails `acceleration of support` against IS

 Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Monday there had been a recent "acceleration of support" from the US-led coalition in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

AFP| Updated: Feb 16, 2015, 15:55 PM IST

London: Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said Monday there had been a recent "acceleration of support" from the US-led coalition in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group.

In an interview with the BBC, Abadi said there were enough fighters on the ground but they needed arms and equipment to defeat the jihadists.

"I was a bit frustrated in my first three months of being a prime minister because of the slowness of this support but I`ve seen in the last probably four weeks, five weeks, there is an acceleration of the support," Abadi added.

"I think the air bombing and the air campaign has increased in its intensity and its quality."

The IS group, a Sunni extremist group, has seized swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq and imposed an extreme interpretation of Islam in the areas under its control.

The international air campaign against the IS group was launched in Iraq in August and expanded to Syria the following month.

There have been over 2,000 air strikes on IS so far.