Friday, 5 September 2014

Iran ‘backs US military contacts’

to fight Islamic State
Iran’s Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State in northern Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian.

Ayatollah Khamenei has authorised his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, sources in Tehran say.
Shia Iran regards the extremist Sunni Islamic State group, which views Shias as heretics, as a serious threat.
Iran has traditionally opposed US involvement in Iraq, an Iranian ally.
However last month US air strikes helped Iranian-backed Shia militia and Kurdish forces break a two-month siege by Islamic State (IS) of the Shia town of Amerli.
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