(AGI) Rome, Oct 7 - Italy has joined the anti-ISIS (IslamicState) coalition in Iraq because the government asked it tointervene, said Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti. Thesituation in Syria was different, she said after a meeting withU.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter. "We very much hope notjust for intensified anti-ISIS efforts, but also for apolitical transition that will bring about a changed situation,recognised and clearer. In that event, we will take stock. Fornow, Italy's decision is to be part of the coalition in Iraqalone. We are assessing potential new demands from thecoalition and the Iraqi government, but no decisions will bemade without reference to parliament," she said. She wasreferring to the possibility of Italy mounting anti-ISISairstrikes. (AGI).