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Alarmed by Iraq, Iran open to shared role with US-Iran official says
The Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | June 13, 2014 | Parisa Hafezi

Posted on 06/13/2014 4:55:56 AM PDT by huldah1776

Shi'te Muslim Iran is so alarmed by Sunni insurgent gains in Iraq that it may be willing to cooperate with Washington in helping Baghdad fight back, a senior Iranian official told Reuters.

The idea is being discussed internally among the Islamic Republic's leadership, the senior Iranian official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. The official had no word on whether the idea had been raised with any other party.

Officials say Iran will send its neighbour advisers and weaponry, although probably not troops, to help its ally Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki check what Tehran sees as a profound threat to regional stability, officials and analysts say.

Islamist militants have captured swathes of territory including the country's second biggest city Mosul.

Tehran is open to the possibility of working with the United States to support Baghdad, the senior official said.

"We can work with Americans to end the insurgency in the Middle East," the official said, referring to events in Iraq.

"We are very influential in Iraq, Syria and many other countries."

For many years, Iran has been aggrieved by what it sees as U.S. efforts to marginalise it. Tehran wants to be recognised as a significant player in regional security.

Relations between Iran and Washington have improved modestly since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rouhani, who promised "constructive engagement" with the world.

And while Tehran and the United States pursue talks to resolve the Islamic state's decade-old nuclear standoff with the West, they also acknowledge some common threats, including the rise of al Qaeda-style militancy across the Middle East.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama said the United States was not ruling out air strikes to help Baghdad fight the insurgents, in what would be the first U.S. armed intervention in Iraq since the end of the U.S.-led war.

Rouhani on Thursday strongly condemned what he called violent acts by insurgent groups in the Middle East.

"Today, in our region, unfortunately, we are witnessing violence, killing, terror and displacement," Rouhani said.

" Iran will not tolerate the terror and violence ... we will fight against terrorism, factionalism and violence."

Asked on Thursday about Iranian comments, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: "Clearly, we've encouraged them in many cases to play a constructive role. But I don't have any other readouts or views from our end to portray here today."

Fearing Iraq's war could spill into Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has urged the international community to back Maliki's administration "in its fight against terrorism".

Brigadier-General Mohammad Hejazi said Iran was ready to supply Iraq with "military equipment or consultations," the Tasnim news agency reported. "I do not think the deployment of Iranian troops would be necessary," he was quoted as adding.

The senior Iranian official said Iran was extremely worried about the advance of ISIL, also a major force in the war against Iran's close ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, carving out a swathe of Syria territory along the Iraqi border.

"The danger of extremist Sunni terrorist in Iraq and the region is increasing ... There have been several high-ranking security meetings since yesterday in Tehran," the official said.

"We are on alert and we also follow the developments in Iraq very closely."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; iraq; jihad; military
Here's their chance for peace in the middle east. Jarrett is probably foaming at the mouth.

photo at link shows the terrorists using modern equipment. Leave no truck, tank, MRAP behind.

1 posted on 06/13/2014 4:55:56 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

I was going to give this one it’s own thread but hey, it’s all the same event. The AP pic “shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.” So we arm them to the teeth and they sit around the campfire making s’mores? Iraq is the path of least resistance. I wonder if the “rebels” from Yemen and all the other training camps are going to join in and re-group.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/they-attack-us-from-the-front-they-attack-us-from-the-back-20140613-zs566.html#ixzz34WIJmXjC


2 posted on 06/13/2014 5:03:53 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

I think ISIS scares everybody in the neighborhood and will lead them to deal with it themselves. I can even see Israel unofficially aligning themselves with Iran, Syria, and Jordan out of their own self interests.

Iraq would end up divided along Sunni Shia lines but its in reality it already is.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 5:07:48 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: huldah1776

We need another reset button. / s


4 posted on 06/13/2014 5:08:31 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: huldah1776

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.


5 posted on 06/13/2014 5:09:48 AM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: huldah1776

These loser potentates always want to hire the US Army as their mercenaries.

Eff that bigtime

How about no


6 posted on 06/13/2014 5:19:27 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: huldah1776

ISIS just better look out, or Michelle Obama will authorize military grade hash tags.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 5:24:47 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: huldah1776

Iran is probably Iraq’s only hope now.

We spend billions training Iraqi military officers and Iraq’s president Maliki fired them all, probably fearing a coup.

Iran having a Shiite majority already has military forces fighting ISIS (Sunni) in Syria along side their proxy Hezzbulah.

This blood feud dates from the beginning of Islam, a tribe that would later be Sunni’s from Syria beheaded Mohammed’s grandson (thee Mohammed) and brought his head to Damascus as a trophy. Sunni’s broke the blood line of the prophet, this is why zealous Shiites will kill Syrian Sunni’s with zeal. It dates back to the four caliph, under the fourth successor to Mohammed, Mohammed’s cousin...also his son-in-law. Mohammed’s cousin married Mohammed’s daughter Fatima, their son and aire to the Islamic caliphate was killed by a tribe from present day Syria who would later identify as Sunni.


8 posted on 06/13/2014 5:32:18 AM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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This is going to blow up to new heights. Iran is going to invade...er help Iraq militarily and TAKE IT OVER. What a waste of manpower and money GW made of this to finish what his daddy didn’t have the balls to finish. There is 20 years of blame to go around, but it will fall on Zero’s shoulders.

History will put the blame on him and his minions. God help us all when Israel steps in this foray and nukes them all.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 5:51:45 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: huldah1776

Now I am really thinking we should stay out of it. A massive new Iran Iraq war might be the best thing we can hope for.

I don’t like the sun is or shittes, but I have sympathy for the Kurds. If we had a decent president, he would send them weapons and training and surveillance.

Biden’s only good idea was to divide that country into 3 new nations, but he was ridiculed more for that than many of his real gaffes.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 6:01:33 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Chgogal
Bush won the war, Obama lost the peace. IT IS OBAMA WHO WAS UNABLE TO SIGN THE STATUS OF FORCE AGREEMENT.

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/10/21/how_the_obama_administration_bungled_the_iraq_withdrawal_negotiations

http://thefederalist.com/2014/06/13/obamas-wish-fulfilling-prophecy-in-iraq/

But what were we going to do about it? President Obama had also failed to negotiate an agreement to keep 10,000 US troops in Iraq. The only message he was sending to Baghdad was that he wanted to wash his hands of Iraq as soon as a possible. So he had no political leverage to use with Maliki.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/24/biden-reveals-why-the-obama-administration-abandoned-iraq/

11 posted on 06/13/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: huldah1776

Well this is a golden opportunity to really piss of the Saudi’s and bring about the downfall of the US dollar. I am sure it is very tempting offer.


12 posted on 06/13/2014 6:09:42 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: huldah1776

ISIS is like a rabid dog that attacks anything and everything close enough and frightens all things rational.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 6:21:37 AM PDT by Corporate Democrat
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To: huldah1776

Dear Iranian Mullahs, you too have been duped by Obama. You think he’ll defend American interests and help American allies. Wrong! Obama ain’t gonna fight back. He sees this as a success: American influence down, American military out = the most peaceful the world has ever been. Success.


14 posted on 06/13/2014 6:23:33 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: huldah1776

Stay away America. Far, far away.

The Moslems are killing each other. What could be better than that?

Support Israel and leave the rest alone. Jesus will take care of it when he returns.


15 posted on 06/13/2014 6:57:04 AM PDT by upchuck (... honesty is the never-ending rehearsal for those who want to be the friends of God...)
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To: huldah1776

Grand Ayatollah Sistani: Shia call to arms.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27834462


16 posted on 06/13/2014 7:00:17 AM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: huldah1776

Your enemy is my friend? Or something....


17 posted on 06/13/2014 7:12:10 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Fitzy_888

Fitzy_888, thanks for this excellent summary of what has been going on for centuries and is boiling over again:

This blood feud dates from the beginning of Islam, a tribe that would later be Sunni’s from Syria beheaded Mohammed’s grandson (thee Mohammed) and brought his head to Damascus as a trophy. Sunni’s broke the blood line of the prophet, this is why zealous Shiites will kill Syrian Sunni’s with zeal. It dates back to the four caliph, under the fourth successor to Mohammed, Mohammed’s cousin...also his son-in-law. Mohammed’s cousin married Mohammed’s daughter Fatima, their son and aire to the Islamic caliphate was killed by a tribe from present day Syria who would later identify as Sunni.

Iran having a Shiite majority already has military forces fighting ISIS (Sunni) in Syria along side their proxy Hezzbulah.


18 posted on 06/13/2014 9:50:24 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the WonDoer, will not divert resources from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: huldah1776

They actually believe there is a difference between Sunni terror and Shia terror.


19 posted on 06/13/2014 9:51:35 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: huldah1776
I don't see any ammo belts. They get one mag? And those black outfits
stand out very nicely in a sniper scope, and in the daytime from the air.
20 posted on 06/13/2014 10:06:55 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: huldah1776

Indeed, it was a mistake to leave so hastily with so much left behind.

Obama can still stop this with a sustained air-campaign to wipe out this heavy equipment. But Malki has lost control of the hearts and minds of the Sunni sections of Iraq, and honestly Kurdistan which probably should be its own country anyway.

I don’t see him winning except by waging a some what brutal and religiously defined civil war as leader of the Shitite and its not clear the rest of his people will back him.

Short of that his greatest hope is that the ISIL Army tears itself apart which is not likely to happen before Malki himself is taken out.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 2:55:28 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: upchuck

“Stay away America. Far, far away.

The Moslems are killing each other. What could be better than that?

Support Israel and leave the rest alone. Jesus will take care of it when he returns”

That is one way to go, however once these Terrorist have their own country will they make peace or uses that country as a base to make war against us?

Heavy air bombardment can reduce their army to little more than terrorist again. That is something even the Iraqi army may be able to mop up.


22 posted on 06/13/2014 3:00:49 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: huldah1776

Sounds like an opportunity to get Sunnis and Shia to kill each other.


23 posted on 06/13/2014 10:58:05 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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