Days after video appeared to show Iranian F-4 Phantom jets on missions, Rear Admiral John Kirby said the Islamic Republic was attacking Islamic State targets in eastern Iraq.
Kirby emphasized that the US was not co-ordinating with Iran over the aerial campaign.
The deputy head of Iran’s armed forces, General Massoud Jazayeri, was also intent on denying any co-operation. He launched an attack on Washington, “The Islamic Republic of Iran blames the United States as the root cause of unrest and problems as well as the terrorist actions of the Islamic Staet in Iraq.”
Jazayeri claimed that cities, villages, and infrastructure in Iraq and Syria have been destroyed and “people massacred” by the Islamic State because of the support of the US and “a number of regional states”.
He concluded, “The United States will definitely have no room or place in the future of that country.”
Iranian ground forces — including leading commanders such as the head of the elite Qods Force, General Qaseem Soleimani — have been involved in Iraq since the Islamic State’s offensive advanced on Baghdad in June. They initially held a defense line north of the Iraqi capital and later have been in campaigns to recapture towns such as Amerli in northern Iraq and Jurf al-Sakher to the west of Baghdad.
Rouhani: Iran Will Preserve Its Nuclear Rights in A Deal
President Rouhani has assured an audience of war veterans in northern Iran that the Islamic Republic “will not give up even an iota of its inalienable rights” in a nuclear deal with the 5+1 Powers.
Talks between Iran and the 5+1 (US, Britain, France, Russia, Germany, and China) ended last week without a comprehensive deal. The negotiations and interim arrangements were extended to July 1.
“Today like before we will continue our resistance on the path of the country’s national interests and goals as well as our religion,” Rouhani said.
He declared as he formally opened a railway:
You should not have any doubt that the Group 5+1, the western world, the eastern world, and the region all are in need of constructive interaction with Iran….
The world today has accepted the nuclear enrichment to take place on Iranian territory.
The world has accepted that we have the Arak heavy-water reactor; the world has accepted that we continue our activities in Fordoo [uranium enrichment plant].
Rouhani underlined that the world has accepted that the time for imposing oppressive sanctions against Iran is over.
He pointed to the removal of “oppressive sanctions” as an inalienable right of the Iranian nation, and said, “You should have no doubt that Iran will become triumphant and Iran will be better off next year.”
By EA WorldView
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