CIA director suggests Iraq functions as interlocutor in US-Iran fight against ISIS

 CIA director John Brennan: ‘We work closely with the Iraqi government. The Iranians work closely with the Iraqi government as well.’ Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

CIA director John Brennan: ‘We work closely with the Iraqi government. The Iranians work closely with the Iraqi government as well.’ Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

The director of the CIA came the closest of any US official so far to acknowledging cooperation between the US and Iran in their current war against the Islamic State in Iraq.

Asked during a Council on Foreign Relations appearance on Friday afternoon if the US was formally coordinating its airstrikes in Iraq with Iranian forces and proxies on the ground, CIA director John Brennan did not bat away the notion, as Obama administration officials typically do.

Instead, Brennan suggested that such coordination is laundered through the Iraqi government, Washington and Tehran’s mutual partner – something widely suspected as the Iraqi military and Shia militias attempt to claw back the city of Tikrit from Isis.

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