Australia likely to reject call for more troops to help US

THE Federal Government looks likely to reject a United States request to send more military assets to the Middle East.

US secretary of defence Ash Carter made the request earlier this week to all countries involved in the coalition battling Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria and Iraq.

"Along with, as I understand it, 40 other or so nations we have received correspondence from the US secretary of defence which we're considering at the moment," Defence Minister Marisa Payne said.

"We of course are making a very significant commitment in the Iraq and Syria conflict at the moment, one which we are pleased to see other nations joining in more recently as well.

"We know that the British government, for example, has recently increased their engagement.

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